On Thursday evening, the Luxembourg Sports Press hosted its annual Awards Night.

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the gala event with around 700 people could once again take place at Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Bains, in the presence of Minister of Sport Georges Engel.

Ni Xia Lian and Sarah de Nutte (table tennis), who were nominated as a team, won the award for female athlete of the year. Bob Jungels (cycling) and Dylan Pereira (racing) both won the award for male athlete of the year. This is the first time in the event's history that two male athletes share the award. The "Team of the Year" award was given to the men's national football team. Luc Holtz, the coach of the Red Lions, once again won the award for coach of the year. The winners were decided based on the votes of sports journalists.

Grand Duke Henri was not present at the ceremony on Thursday evening. He will meet the winners in January.

Female Athlete of the Year

With a whopping 537 points, Ni Xia Lian and Sarah De Nutte easily took home the title of "Female Athlete of the Year". The table tennis double had an exceptional year and won bronze medals at both the World Championship in Austin and the European Championship in Munich. Jenny Warling came in second with 228 points.

Last year's winner, Christine Majerus, came in third with 150 points.

Male Athlete of the Year

The title of "Male Athlete of the Year" has been awarded since 1954, but never before have two athletes shared the award. 2022 marks the first time that two athletes won the award because they received the exact same number of votes. Both Bob Jungels and Dylan Pereira received 370 points and share this year's award. Jungels won, among other things, a stage in the Tour de France and came in 11th overall. Pereira notably became the champion in the 2022 Porsche Supercup.

Second and third place go to track and field athlete Charel Grethen (154 points) and the goalkeeper of the men's national football team Anthony Moris (112 points) respectively.

We had Champion racecar driver Dylan Pereira talk about his journey and his recent Porsche Super Cup success on our Letz Talk Sport on RTL Play, as well as on Stephen Lowe's The Lunchbox, where he discussed what it takes to become a champion.

Team of the Year

The men's national football team won the award for "Team of the Year". With 462 points, they came out on top against the women's national table tennis team (403 points). The Red Lions lost only one in six matches in League C of the Nations League, securing a remarkable second place behind Turkey. The women's national table tennis team made it to the round of sixteen at the team world championship, notably defeating the South Korean team, which currently ranks 4th in the world.

Third place goes to the women's national football team (209 points), who won three games during the qualifiers for the World Cup.

Coach of the Year

Luc Holtz (Football) once again took home the award for Coach of the Year with 402 points. Tommy Danielsson, the coach of the women's national table tennis team, came in second with 345 points. Third place went to Dan Santos (169 points), the coach of the women's national football team.

Other award winners

Award for the best young athlete and the best youth team

Vivien Henz (track and field)
Gwyneth ten Raa (alpine skiing)
U-17 men's national football team

Fair Play Award

Pol Bissener for stopping to help a competitor who had taken a bad fall during the X-Duathlon

Award "Sports and Disability"

"Service des Sports" (Municipality of Esch-sur-Alzette)

Honorary Award sportspress.lu

Colette Flesch and Ginette Rossini (former fencers)

List of all the nominees

Male Athlete of the Year (13)

Bertemes Bob – track and field
Bettendorf Victor – show jumping
Geniets Kevin – cycling
Grethen Charles – track and field
Henckels Jeff – archery
Jungels Bob – cycling
Moris Anthony – football
Pereira Dylan – racing
Osch Mathieu – alpine skiing
Peters Kevin – autocross
Rychlicki Kamil – volleyball
Sinani Danel – football
Wagner Nicolas – dressage

Female Athlete of the Year (9)

Daniëls Eva – triathlon
De Nutte Sarah / Ni Xia Lian – table tennis
Lehair Jeanne – triathlon
Majerus Christine – cycling
Rausch Victoria – track and field
Schreiber Marie – cyclocross
Simon Anne – basketball
Van der Weken Patrizia – track and field
Warling Jenny – karate

Team of the Year (4)

Football – Men's National Team
Football – Women's National Team
Handball – HB Esch (men)
Table tennis – Women's National Team

Coach of the Year (6)

Danielsson Tommy – table tennis
Lorang Dan – cycling / triathlon
Holtz Luc – football
Santos Dan – football
Schmit Camille – track and field
Starck Arnaud – track and field