Vitality Roses win Gold at BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Congratulations to England’s senior Netball Team, the Vitality Roses on their 2 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The Vitality Roses attended the 65th BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards last night, where they were presented with the two awards.

They were crowned ‘Team of the Year’ along with ‘Greatest Sporting Moment’ following their historic win at the Commonwealth Games, April 2018.

England were up against great competition for the award, which was opened up to public vote.

England’s win topped the leader board ahead of four other shortlisted moments:

  • Football: England’s win against Colombia on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
  • Cricket: Alastair Cook reached a century during his last test innings before retiring
  • Golf: Tiger Woods’ win at the season-ending Tour Championship
  • Boxing: Tyson Fury coming back from two knockdowns against Deontay Wilder

Ama Agbeze, captain of the Vitality Roses and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, said:

“We’re ecstatic to be the recipients of this award. It’s amazing to be part of something that England Netball have been trying to achieve for years. It has been a long, long journey and each member of the squad and wider support network has a different story of the path they have taken towards their contribution.

“It’s been quite a whirlwind since the Games, with netball thrust into the spotlight in the UK, and more people taking the sport up daily. We love this game and are happy that others can share in that joy.

“To even be nominated for such a prestigious award is an honour; alongside some household names and other amazing achievements, but to win is unfathomable. There’s still so much we have to do, especially with the Vitality Netball World Cup next year in Liverpool.

“Thank you to the netball community, including the many new inductees – we’re grateful for the support.”

Joanna Adams, CEO of England Netball, said:

“We are so proud of all that Tracey Neville and the Vitality Roses have achieved over the last 12 months! Thanks to their incredible commitment, the hard work of everyone at England Netball and the support of all those that play, watch and support netball throughout the country, this wonderful sport has grown significantly and netball fever has well and truly swept the nation. I’d also like to thank Sport England for their continued support of England Netball.

“After their success at the Commonwealth Games in April, Tracey and the team truly deserve these awards. A huge congratulations to all of them!”

Picture Credit: England Netball

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