Spain’s Kings and Queens Present The National Sports Awards

  January 23, 2017 at 4:32 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were joined by the former regent couple, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, for the presentation of the 2015 National Sports Awards at the Royal Palace of El Pardo today.

The annual awards are presented to Spanish sports people or organisations that through have contributed to the “promotion or spread of physical activity” through  “their direct activity of personal initiative, as well as participants of developing sports policy”.

Six of the awards are named for members of the royal family – Premio Rey Felipe (male athlete of the year), Premio Reina Letizia (female athlete of the year), Premio Rey Juan Carlos (athlete whose results were the most significant of the year), Premio Reina Sofia (athlete or entity who stood out for their noble actions or contribution to ending violence in sport), Premio Princesa Leonor (junior athlete of the year) and Premio Infanta Sofia (athlete or entity whose performance promoted the improvement of sporting activity amongst the disabled). The male and female athletes of the year were figure skater Javier Fernández and high jumper Ruth Beitia, while tennis star Garbiñe Muguruza won the Premio Rey Juan Carlos.

Also in attendance at the ceremony was Infanta Pilar.

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