Team Muirhead take third at SJA Awards while Jake Wightman wins Sportsman of the Year

Team Muirhead finished a commendable third in the Team of the Year category of the Sports Journalists' Association Awards, while middle distance runner Jake Wightman was voted Sportsman of the Year.

Skipper Eve Muirhead and her curling rink of Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds and Hailey Duff enjoyed a stellar 2022, claiming Team GB's first Olympic curling title in 20 years by beating Japan in Beijing.

The quartet were tipped for the SJA top prize by the Lionesses, who beat Germany this summer to become European Champions.

Middle-distance runner Jake Wightman claimed the Sportsman of the Year award after storming to 1500m gold at the Athletics World Championships in Oregon.

The Scot became the first British man to win the 1500m world title since Steve Cram did so in 1983, and followed up that impressive result with bronze at the Commonwealth Games and a stunning 800m silver at the European Championships in Munich.

Fellow runner Eilish McColgan was handed the Committee Award for her heroics in Birmingham, where she clocked a Commonwealth Games record to become 10,000m champion, breaking the previous best set by her mother Liz.

The long-distance runner added a 5000m silver to her collection, before winning silver in the 10,000m and bronze in the 5,000m at the European Championships.

Gymnastics duo Jessica Gadirova and Jake Jarman shared The Peter Wilson Trophy, awarded to the breakthrough athletes of the year. Gadirova cemented her spot in gymnastics folklore in early November, winning floor gold at the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool, while Jarman made history as the first English male gymnast to win four gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games before adding two European titles and a world bronze.

The award for Equality and Inclusion in Sport was given to Alice Dearing, who made history at Tokyo 2020 by becoming the first black female swimmer to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games.