Lions land team award

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Sam Warburton, left, and Warren Gatland led the Lions to victory in Australia Sam Warburton, left, and Warren Gatland led the Lions to victory in Australia

The British and Irish Lions were rewarded for their first Test series win in 16 years by being crowned Team of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Leeds on Sunday night.

Warren Gatland's men secured their historic triumph with a record-breaking 41-16 win over Australia in the third and final Test in Sydney, despite the controversial decision to drop Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll.

And the Lions were awarded the accolade after an independent shortlist voted them top of a shortlist which also included Great Britain's successful Solheim Cup-winning golf team and the all-conquering Team Sky cycling team.

Lions captain Sam Warburton said: "It's not just the 15 guys who take the field in the first or second or third Test, we have a backroom staff of 35 or 40 people, and there are 70 or 80 of us all working towards the same goal, so it's fantastic we could achieve it."

Skeet shooter Amber Hill was crowned Young Sports Personality of the Year after a year which saw her crowned the youngest World Cup winner in her sport's history.

Hill was just 15 years old when she made history and she went on to finish the season as the world number five, as well as equalling the senior world record in the qualifying round of the World Championships in Peru.

Hill was chosen from a shortlist of three, also including golfer Charley Hull and athlete Dina Asher-Smith. Last year's winner was swimmer Josef Craig who became Britain's youngest gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympics.

Former Liverpool captain Alan Hansen presented the Helen Rollason Award posthumously to the late Anne Williams, for her tireless campaigning for a new inquest for her son Kevin and other victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

The Unsung Hero award was presented to Joe and Maggie Forber for their work with young basketball players at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester.

Sebastien Vettel succeeded Usain Bolt as Overseas Sports Personality of the Year after a history-making season which saw him claim his fourth consecutive Formula One world title.

Vettel equalled Michael Schumacher's record of 13 race wins in a single season and also matched Alberto Ascari's mark of nine consecutive grand prix wins.

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