Mark Cavendish lifted the Isle of Man Bank-sponsored Sportsman of the Year award for a record eighth time at a packed Royal Hall in the Villa Marina on Thursday evening.
The reigning British Road Race Champion enjoyed a highly successful first year with the Belgium team Omega-Pharma Quick-Step, winning 20 professional races at international level, including two stages of the Tour de France and five in the Giro D’Italia.
It was a good night for cycling with Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh being awarded Ambassador of the Year, British Junior Women’s Road Race Champion Anna Christian the under-21 female award, and former professional Mike Doyle coach of the year.
The Isle of Man Sportswoman of the Year award went to equestrian’s Yasmin Ingham, the individual and team gold medallist at the FEI Pony European Championships in Italy last summer. The 16-year-old is also the reigning British champion.
Motorcycle enduro’s 2013 World Under-19 Youth Cup winner Jamie McCanney followed in his elder brother Danny’s wheeltracks by winning the under-21 sportsman of the year title.
The victorious Isle of Man team that won the 2013 NatWest Island Games in Bermuda last July received the team of the year award, while the administrator of the year was voted netball’s Pip Cross.
Long-distance race walker Zoe Lambie received the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award for a second time in three years.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to the husband and wife team of Frank and Pat Anderson who have been heavily involved with the sport of badminton for more than 50 years.
A one-off special award was presented to Phil Drowley for his outstanding achievement in climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mount Everest.
A full report and pictures will appear in a four-page Sports Awards special in this Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.