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Surrey sports personality of the year

PUBLISHED: 17:47 09 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:38 20 February 2013

Sports personality of the year Chris Hoy with Surrey Life columnist Max Clifford

Sports personality of the year Chris Hoy with Surrey Life columnist Max Clifford

Following Chris Hoy's heroic efforts in the Beijing velodrome, he became the first cyclist in over 40 years to win the BBC sports personality of the year. We take a look back at 2008 and pick a few of our Surrey sporting heroes (minus the lavish a...


Following Chris Hoy's heroic efforts in the Beijing velodrome, he became the first cyclist in over 40 years to win the BBC sports personality of the year. We take a look back at 2008 and pick a few of our Surrey sporting heroes (minus the lavish awards ceremony)...




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Lewis Hamilton (F1)
What more can be said? The youngest driver to ever win the Formula 1 world championship and kept us all guessing until the final corner. He may live abroad these days but the 23-year-old is still a regular visitor to McLaren's technology centre in Woking.

Danny Cipriani (rugby)
It may have been a season hampered by injury and resultant poor form but the former Whitgift pupil has already done enough with his tender years to suggest that he is a world class performer of the future.

Mark Ramprakash (cricket)
Despite Surrey's relegation from the top flight of the County Championship, Ramps became a true legend in his testimonial year as he hit his 100th first-class hundred. The centurian became only the 25th player ever to do so.

John Terry (football)
The England and Chelsea captain came oh so close in club colours to a coveted European title, before a cruel slip washed away his dreams. The Cobham-based Terry will no doubt be looking for greater things from 2009 from both club and most certainly country.

Tim Brabants (canoeing)
Chertsey born Tim Brabants, who lives in Walton-on-Thames, won gold in the K1 1000m flatwater class at Beijing and was narrowly beaten into bronze in the K1 500m flatwater.

Sarah Webb (sailing)
Weybridge resident Sarah Webb repeated her success as part of the Three Blondes in a Boat team from Athens, by once again winning gold in Beijing in the Yngling (for the uninitiated: a discipline of sailing sometimes known as keelboat).

Chris Eaton (tennis)
Young pretender, Chris Eaton came out of obscurity to cause quite a stir at this year's Wimbledon. Born in Guilford and educated at Reed's School in Cobham (where, incidently, Tim Henman was also a pupil) it was a promising year for the 20-year-old.




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