The BBC has announced the winners of the inaugural Green Sport Awards

BBC Sport has named its five inaugural Green Sport Award winners.

The awards are part of the BBC’s commitment to a greener future and are designed to use the power and passion of sport to positive effect.

In partnership with the Sport Positive Summit, the awards celebrate individuals and organizations around the world who are actively contributing to a more sustainable future through their sporting profile and practices.

Evergreen Athlete Award (announced in July)

Winner: Leilani Münter

Why did he win?

A jury recognized the 48-year-old Münter as one of the first athletes whose platform had such a significant impact on raising awareness of environmental issues, as well as continuous effort and escalation over many years, often to the detriment of his career. Fearlessly and unapologetically, she brought the environmental conversation to petrolheads while challenging convention as a woman in a male-dominated sport.

what did he say

“If we go down, we go down fighting because we can’t give up. We’ve lost so many species, so much of the rainforest has been cut down, and so much coral reef has been bleached. But there are still coral reefs alive, and there are still pockets of jungle growing with animals.

Athlete of the Year

Winner: David Pocock

Why did he win?

A former professional rugby player, Pocock, 34, worked on various campaigns and projects during his playing career and has continued to do so in retirement. His work leading The Cool Down initiative – which saw more than 300 athletes write an open letter to the Australian government urging bolder climate action – has been particularly praised. He recently made history by becoming the first independent senator from the Australian Capital Territory and is the first athlete to enter politics on a purely environmental platform.

what did he say

“On climate change, I would probably tell people to get involved. Instead of being cynical and checking, get involved, find people in your school, in your neighborhood who are interested in doing something. Act locally, but then also push. your local politicians and getting your national politicians into action. We have no time to waste and I think it’s really exciting what we can build together.”

Young Sportsman of the Year

Winner: Morten Thorsby

Why did he win?

Thorsby, who plays for Union Berlin and Norway, regularly engages his fellow footballers in conversations about environmental issues and climate action. Understanding the reach of football, the 26-year-old founded the We Play Green Foundation, specifically aimed at bringing together footballers and encouraging climate action in the football industry.

what did he say

“I think it was my dad who said to me, ‘Morten, the best thing you can do for the environment is to become as good as you can in football and keep talking about these issues and create a platform to talk about it and that’s it. I’ve been doing it ever since.’

Ambition & Impact Award

Winner: SailGP

Why did he win?

SailGP was created as a climate positive sport, using technological innovations and making greener choices. In the third season, the broadcasts have continued to decrease every year. Along with the offshore sailing competition, teams must demonstrate their commitment to the sport’s sustainability through the Impact League, a separate classification with its own awards.

what did he say

“Everyone involved in SailGP loves our target programs. They’re really into it. They’re really engaged and the teams really care about the impact program. That wasn’t always the case, but now they’re incredibly competitive and incredibly passionate about the impact they’re making. about the positive.”

Teamwork Award

Winner: Jadir Taekwondo Association (AJTKD)

Why did he win?

Based in Rio de Janeiro, the Jadir Taekwondo Association has shown commendable commitment to environmental education and the future of young people in impoverished areas surrounded by conflict and armed violence. With the environment and sustainability at the core of their activities, AJTKD has been working towards a better planet by engaging children in interactive classes on how to live a more sustainable life.

What did they say?

Raphaella – AJTKD student – said: “The Jadir Taekwondo Association has helped us and 7,000 other children in Rio become more aware of our impact on the environment. We hope to set a good example to the world.”