Last night, Thursday 28th April, Battersea Evolution, played host to the 2016 BT Sports Awards.
The event saw over 1,750 major players from all over the world of sport, business and entertainment come together to celebrate the best in the business and enjoy a bit of mingling.
On the red carpet were spotted: Anthony Joshua, David Haye, Victoria Pendleton, Jamie Murray, Brian O’Driscoll, Jodie Kidd, Chris Robshaw, Gianluca Vialli, Michael Vaughan, Peter Crouch, Boris Becker, Jamie Roberts to name a few. But the nights biggest hit was His Royal Highness Prince Harry, who attended the event as part of his royal patron of the Invictus Games.
At the event Prince Harry presented the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award to the Murray family, along with former tennis star Tim Henman. But before the Prince went up on stage, he was introduced by TV Presenter, Mark Durden-Smith, who urged him to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini ‘for the nation’, jokingly looking over at the Prince saying: “I know you take your royal duties very seriously Harry and I think one of the duties that the nation would like you to perform is to marry Cheryl Fernandez Versini. It’s what the nation wants Harry so give it some thought.” Food for thought, Harry appeared to mull over the idea before stepping up to give his speech.
On the night during his speech about Invictus, Harry said: “Everybody here knows the power of sport and what it can achieve for anyone, especially those with physical or mental injuries. What we’ve done for these guys is provide a platform for rehabilitation, whether that’s physical or mental. You forget that some of these individuals have been stuck at home on their sofa suffering from major anxiety, not even daring themselves to leave the house. So to see someone who’s been in a worse place than them running around, whether it’s the 100m or whatever, they think, ‘I dare myself to leave the house’.”
The Prince went on saying: “That’s how it started. I never realised that these guys are the most unbelievable ambassadors for sport and for the military and for this country, but they can go on and inspire every generation possible. So I’m just grateful to call them all my mates and be lucky enough to be in a position where we can put on a platform like this and change their lives. It has given us the chance not to allow our injuries to define who we are. It not only enhanced but improved our lives inside and out of sport.”
To see the full list of winners from the Sports Industry Awards 2016 click here.