With an eye on the upcoming Sport Industry Awards 2022, we’re taking a look back at some of the unforgettable moments from the last 20 years.
This year's awards will take place on 12th May at Evolution London. Make sure you don't miss out on any memorable moments from the biggest night of the sport industry calendar by booking tickets, tables and premium packages here, before the 29th April deadline.
KEITH LEMON'S COMMENTS STUN THE ROOM - 2012
Known for his outrageous, larger-than-life persona, comedian Keith Lemon lived up to his billing when he attended the Sport Industry Awards ten years ago. Having presented the Sport Website of the Year to Manchester City, his off-colour comments (not repeatable in this article) to fellow presenter Kirsty Gallagher silenced the room. Despite the collective intake of breath from the 1,000-plus attendees on the night, Keith’s comment didn’t phase Gallagher and were taken in good spirit.
DAVID WALSH WINS THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - 2013
Having undertaken one of the most ground-breaking journalistic endeavours in sport of all time, David Walsh was recognised with the prestigious Barclays Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-term fight to reveal Lance Armstrong as a drugs cheat at the Sport Industry Awards 2013.
“This has been a defining time in my life – a story I knew would define me as a journalist,” said Walsh on receiving the award. “Every time I thought it wasn’t going anywhere, I thought of all the people who go into sport and who compete clean. If they compete against those who dope, they are being cheated, and they are the people we need to support.”
THIS GIRL CAN RECEIVES A STANDING OVATION - 2016
There was a standing ovation at Evolution London when Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign deservedly claimed the inaugural Campaign of the Year Award in 2016.
A rallying cry to women throughout the country, the National Lottery-funded campaign led to a huge increase of female participation in sport and tackled taboos including menstruation, motherhood and menopause.
ALEX FERGUSON AND TONY BLAIR PAY TRIBUTE TO DAVID BECKHAM - 2007
At the peak of his powers, David Beckham graced a star-studded Sport Industry Awards in 2007 ahead of his headline grabbing transfer to LA Galaxy.
Picking up the Outstanding Contribution to British Sport Award from fellow football icon Thierry Henry, tributes to his achievements were led by Tony Blair and Alex Ferguson.
“He’s been a huge cultural icon for our country but most of all he plays football brilliantly and whenever he wore the England shirt, he wore it with pride," said the former British Prime Minster in an on-screen message.
PRINCE HARRY AWARDS THE MURRAY FAMILY - 2016
Prince Harry's attendance at the Sport Industry Awards gave the evening some added sparkle in 2016. Opening the evening by presenting the Murray family with the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award, Harry used his time on stage to announce a partnership between The Invictus Games Foundation and Sport Industry Group that saw the two organisations come together to help create career opportunities for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women in the sport industry.
Make sure you don't miss out on any memorable moments from the biggest night of the sport industry calendar by booking tickets, tables and premium packages here, before the 29th April deadline.