Ben Stokes named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019

Ben Stokes' incredible summer has secured him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2019.

The 28-year-old held his nerve as England triumphed in a Super Over to win the Cricket World Cup in July, and just over a month later his glorious unbeaten 135 at Headingley won the third Ashes Test for England.

Stokes' sizzling summer had made him the overwhelming bookmakers' favourite for this award, and the public vote saw him finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Dina Asher-Smith at the event in Aberdeen on Sunday night.

It is a story of redemption for Stokes, who in 2018 was cleared of affray charges following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September of the previous year.

Also on the six-person shortlist were Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Raheem Sterling and Alun Wyn Jones.

Stokes and his fellow World Cup winners were named Team of the Year while the moment the trophy was secured claimed the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year award.

Asher-Smith's coach John Blackie was named Coach of the Year, having worked with the world champion since she was eight at the Blackheath and Bromley Athletics Club.

Asher-Smith said: "John deserves this so much. He's just so inspirational, so selfless and he has been working in track since before I was born."

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Ben Stokes poses with The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Ben Stokes receives The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award from The Princess Royal during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Emeli Sande performs during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Katie Davies and Paul Gascoigne arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Tanni Grey-Thompson receives the Lifetime achievement during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Tanni Grey-Thompson receives the Lifetime achievement during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Eoin Morgan (left), Jason Roy (centre) and Ben Stokesduring the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Khadijah Mellah arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
John Blackie (centre) with his Coach of the Year Award alongside Dina Asher Smith (left) and Gabby Logan during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Alun Wyn Jones (left) and Gabby Logan during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Doddie Weir waits to receive the Helen Rollaston Award at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
The Princess Royal presents the Helen Rollaston Award at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Presenter Gary Lineker, Get Inspired Unsung Hero Kieren Thompson (centre) and BBC SPOTY World Sports Star of the Year Eliud Kipchoge (right) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Ama Agbeze arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Colin Jackson and Denise Lewis during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Ben Stokes and wife Clare Ratcliffe during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Presenter Gary Lineker during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Lewis Capaldi opens BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Presenter's Gabby Logan (left) and Gary Lineker during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Sally Nugent arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Helen Housby, Natalie Pangarry, Layla Guscoth, Fran Williams and Jade Clarke arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Aimee Fuller arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Allison Curbishley and Steve Cram arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Chris Hoy and Sarra Kemp arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Sky Brown arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
Clare Ratcliffe and Ben Stokes arriving for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2019 at The P&J Live, Aberdeen.
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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson received the Lifetime Achievement award to mark a stunning sporting career.

Wheelchair racer Grey-Thompson won 11 Paralympic gold medals between 1992 and 2004 as well as six London Marathon titles. Following her retirement she has remained heavily involved in sport, working on the board of the London Marathon and the SportsAid Foundation.

The award ceremony had got off to a poignant start as former Scotland rugby union international Doddie Weir was presented with the Helen Rollason award.

The 49-year-old was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2016, and he has spent the time since then working to raise awareness of the condition through his charity My Name'5 Doddie.

Weir, who won 61 caps for Scotland, said: "It's quite ironic being a Scottish rugby player in the 90s, this is the closest I ever got to a trophy.

"The generosity and support towards my foundation has been outstanding."

Keiren Thompson was the overall winner of the Unsung Hero prize out of a pool of 15 regional award winners.

Thompson is the founder of Helping Kids Achieve community group in Nottingham, and was presented with the award by Eliud Kipchoge, who was named World Sport Star.

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