THE ANNUAL LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS SHOWCASE THE WORK OF LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD AND CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF ATHLETES FROM ACROSS THE SPORTING WORLD.
Since its inception in 2000, the annual Awards Ceremony celebrates the most remarkable men and women from the world of sport along with the greatest achievements fans have admired throughout the year.
The Awards Ceremony consists of seven categories with the potential for additional discretionary Awards given. Each winner receives the Laureus Statuette, crafted by Cartier, with its representation of the striving human form against an engraved representation of the continents.
Though the Laureus World Sports Awards brings a high profile focus onto the very best of professional sport, it is also those at the grassroots that benefit. The Awards showcase the work of Laureus Sport for Good, a charity which uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving that sport can change the world.
Each year stars from the music, film, television and fashion industries join sports stars for this truly global event that is watched by a television audience of hundreds of millions of people, on some of the world’s top networks, in over 160 countries.
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the sportsman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement - such as consecutive or multiple world, continental, international or national and major championship titles or the establishment of world records or best performances.
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the sportswoman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement - such as consecutive or multiple world, continental, international or national and major championship titles or the establishment of world records or best performances.
LAUREUS WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the team that best demonstrates supreme performance and achievements - such as world, continental, international or national and major championship titles. The team of the year could represent a country, a province, a county, a state, a professional sporting body, franchise or club.
LAUREUS WORLD COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the sportsperson or team who has overcome injury, illness, adversity, disappointment or failure and risen back to triumph in the sporting arena. The Award may also mark a historic fight back by an individual or a team in a sporting event or series of sports events.
LAUREUS WORLD BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the sportsperson or team whose performance as a newcomer suggests the greatest potential for an outstanding career or to an established sportsman or sportswoman who produces a significant step-up in class to a considerably higher level of sporting achievement.
LAUREUS WORLD ACTION SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the sportsman or sportswoman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement in action sports in the qualifying year, such as winning world or national championships or the establishment of world records. Special recognition will go to those who push the limits of action sport even further than before by devising and executing new tricks and moves in competition.
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY
Awarded to the person who best demonstrates excellent athletic achievement and strong leadership qualities in a sport in the Paralympic programme.
TO FIND THE WINNERS OF THE LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS A NOMINATIONS PANEL OF THE WORLD’S LEADING SPORTS EDITORS, WRITERS AND BROADCASTERS VOTE TO CREATE A SHORTLIST OF SIX NOMINATIONS IN FIVE CATEGORIES.
The categories they chose for are the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year, Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year. The nominations for two additional categories - the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year and the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability are produced by Specialist Panels.
Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy then vote by secret ballot to select the final Award winners.
The Academy also has the power to present Discretionary Awards such as Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Sport and Exceptional Achievement.