British Sports Star Of The Year Goes To Lewis Hamilton

Craig EmmersonContributor IDecember 28, 2008

It is that time of year again when people look back at what has taken place in 2008 and ask the question who has been their star of the year.

In 2008 we have been treated to a fantastic year of sports and new heroes have been created. A year in which the British public has been made to feel proud of it's sporting men and women.

In tennis Andy Murray has continued with his rise towards the top of the world rankings, he is now a member of the tennis 'Big 4' and looks set to break his Grand Slam duck in 2009. Andy beat each of the top three players in the world on his way to his most successful year, with ATP Masters titles under his belt and the experience of playing in the US Open he can look back at 2008 and be delighted with the way things have gone.

The Olympics always produce new stars and this year was no different, Rebbecca Addlington was unheard of outside the swimming world until Beijing, her double gold medal haul transformed her into the nation's sweetheart overnight. Chris Hoy continued to dominate cycling with his three gold medals is rightly being mention for Royal awards on New Years Day.

With all that in mind, my Sporting Star of 2008 has to be Lewis Hamilton. The youngest ever World Champion in Formula One. The disappointment of 2007 made him stronger and more determined to win the title this time round. He had to do it while the majority of the rest of the world wanted him to fail, rows off the track again threatened to destroy his chances and not to mention the racism he had to put up with at certain Grand Prix and even practice sessions.

Lewis Hamilton won the title with style, guts, ability, grace and class. He also wins my award.