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The Grand Duchy hails its best sportsmen and women for the year 2015

As every year, the best sportsman, the best sportswoman and the best team of the year have been elected.

Photo des lauréats 2015The annual sports press gala was held at the Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Bains on 3 December 2015; the names of the sport personalities of the year, selected by a panel of members of the Grand Duchy's sports press, were revealed. Many talented sportspeople in the Grand Duchy would each have deserved to win. But there can be only one winner in each category.

Winners whose performances were exceptional

In the end, our best men's tennis player, Gilles 'Mulles' Müller and cyclist Christine Majerus were elected as the best sportsman and woman of the year, while the award for the best team went to the ladies of the national table tennis team.

Each year three other prizes are awarded for remarkable efforts in the field of sport, including the prize awarded to a young hopeful. The men's prize was awarded to Yves Wehmer (kayak canoe) and the women's prize to Lisa Jablonowski (basketball).

The Prize of Honour was awarded this year to Josy Simon, a former top-level Luxembourgish race walker. In 1965 he was world champion in race walking over 100 km, and between 1971 and 1978 he won the Strasbourg-Paris race (500 km) four times. And again in 2003, at the age of 80, he managed to establish a new world record for race walking in Steyr (Austria) in the M80 category.

The 2015 sport and handicap prize: Joël Wagener, who came 17th in the world handcycling championships.

The title of 'Luxembourgish sportsman or woman of the year' has been awarded annually since 1954. It was awarded for the first time to Charly Gaul, nicknamed the 'Angel of the Mountains', who won the Tour de France cycle race in 1958.

Source: press release from the Association luxembourgeoise de la presse sportive (Luxembourg sports press association)

  • Updated 04-12-2015