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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 December 2006, 21:05 GMT
Sports Personality: The winners
Beth Tweddle (left), Zara Phillips (centre), Darren Clarke (right)
Phillips held off strong competition to claim the prestigious award
Equestrian star Zara Phillips was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year after coming top in a public vote.

The world champion horse rider beat Ryder Cup golf hero Darren Clarke, with gymnast Beth Tweddle in third.

Rugby league side St Helens were given the Team of the Year award, while tennis ace Roger Federer won the Overseas Personality prize.

In total there were nine awards on a star-studded night of sporting celebration at the NEC in Birmingham.


  • Sports Personality of the Year - Zara PhillipsThe Queen's granddaughter snapped up nearly a third of the public vote on Sunday to claim the evening's main individual honour - 35 years after her mother, The Princess Royal, received the same award.

    The 25-year-old equestrian star picked up the award following a season which has seen her become only the third rider to hold the European and World titles at the same time.

  • Team of the Year - St Helens rugby league side
    St Helens claimed the first of two honours in Birmingham as the rugby league side were rewarded for their treble-winning achievements.

    BBC Radio Five Live listeners voted the side as Team of the Year, ahead of Europe's Ryder Cup golfers and Sussex County Cricket Club.

  • Coach of the Year - Daniel Anderson
    Australian Anderson made it a memorable double for St Helens.

    The former New Zealand coach earned the award for guiding the team to Challenge Cup, minor Premiership and Grand Final triumph.

  • Helen Rollason Award - Paul Hunter
    Snooker star Hunter's award for courage and achievement was accepted by his widow Lindsey Hunter.

    The three-time Masters champion sadly passed away two months ago after losing his battle with cancer.

    He gained the honour in recognition of his bravery and determination to continue playing while trying to beat the disease.

  • Overseas Personality - Roger Federer
    Tennis ace Federer remained a firm favourite with British fans by scooping the prestigious overseas award for the second time in three years.

    2006 proved to be another vintage year for the Swiss player, who pipped golfing star Tiger Woods in a studio audience vote at the NEC in Birmingham.

    The Swiss tennis ace ended the season as the world number one for the third time in a row and lost only five matches this year.

  • Lifetime Achievement - Bjorn Borg
    Swedish tennis legend Borg was recognised for his contribution to sport.

    The five-time Wimbledon champion dazzled the world of tennis in the 1970s and 1980s, winning 11 Grand Slam titles. He was given the award by former tennis player and BBC pundit Boris Becker.

  • Special award - David Walliams
    Comedian Walliams was handed a surprise one-off award for his outstanding achievement of swimming the English Channel for charity.

    Walliams completed the gruelling 21-mile swim to France in 10 hours and 34 minutes back in August.

    He raised over 1m in aid of Sport Relief and was presented the award by Little Britain co-star Matt Lucas.

  • Young Personality - Theo Walcott
    Walcott lost out to sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey for the award 12 months ago but was rewarded the top prize this time after a fantastic year in which he transferred to Arsenal and went to the World Cup with England.

    Previous winners include footballer Wayne Rooney in 2002 and tennis player Andy Murray in 2004.

  • Unsung Hero Award - Val Hanover
    Awarded for the winner's dedication to North Shropshire Special Olympics Club.

    Hanover impressed the judges with her great commitment to people with learning disabilities, firmly believing in the power of sport to enrich lives.

    She is also a passionate fund-raiser.

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