Nick Matthew’s memorable year continued today when he was presented with the Sports Journalists’ Association Committee Award at a glittering ceremony at the Tower of London.
In his acceptance speech he thanked coach David Pearson, whom he felt should be “coach of the decade”.The 33-year-old Yorkshireman was awarded the trophy for “winning the squash world title for the third time in four years”.
Matthew said afterwards: “To be honest, to be honoured by journalists is one of the highest honours, as it’s voted for by people who know about all sports.
“2013 has been an amazing year for me…getting married, becoming world champion and world number one, Sheffield legend and now this to cap it off. I don’t want the year to end!”
The Sports Journalists’ Association has been staging the awards since 1949, making them the longest established sporting honours in Britain.Altogether there are 10 awards, with the SJA Committee honour being introduced in 2006, and Matthew is only the fourth squash player to win one.
Former British Open champion Jim Dear shared the inaugural Sportsman of the Year trophy in 1949 with four others, Mark Chaloner lifted the Peter Wilson Trophy in 1995 as international newcomer of the year and Peter Nicol won the Pat Besford Award for outstanding sporting performance in 1998, when he was the British Open and Commonwealth Games champion.