The awards and accolades just keep coming! Lewis Hamilton has become the first ever recipient of the Athlete Advocate of the Year Laureus award!
Hamilton has won numerous Laureus awards over the years, including last year’s World Sportsman of the Year Laureus award, an accolade that he shared with footballer Lionel Messi.
This year however Hamilton has been awarded the inaugural Athlete Advocate of the Year award for his fight against racism and inequality.
Upon receiving this honour the seven-time champion said: “A huge thank you to the Laureus World Sports Academy for presenting me with this incredible award.”
“This past year has been incredibly difficult for so many, but it has also been heartening to see the power of our collective voices spark new conversations and change.
“The impact of each and every one of you who have stood up is so inspiring, so I want to thank you. Please keep fighting, keep shining your light.
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“The global rising to address the longstanding issue of systemic racism and inequality in our society has been monumental, but we must continue to fight.
“We must all see ourselves as responsible for making positive change in our world, and hold ourselves accountable so that the promises of last year turn in to action.
“I truly believe that together we will get there, and so I stand with you as we push forwards. I’m sending you all love and positivity, stay safe.
“Thank you,” concluded the Briton.
You can watch Hamilton’s acceptance speech below.
💬 "Thank you to Laureus for this incredible award. This past year has been incredibly difficult for so many but it has also been heartening to see the power of our collective voices spark new conversation and change"#Laureus21 Athlete Advocate of the Year, @lewishamilton pic.twitter.com/pBRk4f0sDL
— Laureus (@LaureusSport) May 6, 2021