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February 5, 2006
Boonen and Clijsters lead the way

Tom Boonen with Paul van Himst (special guest) and Rik Lamoral Belgian NSJA President

Cycling’s Tom Boonen and tennis player Kim Clijsters are Belgium’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year as chosen by the Belgian Sports Professional Writers’ Association. The Under-23 soccer team was voted Best Team of the Year. The Belgian sports gala 2005 was held December 18.

The Full List in order:
Best national sportsman: 1 Tom Boonen (cycling), 2 Stefan Everts (motorcross), 3 Sven Nys (cyclocross), 4 Olivier Rochus (tennis), 5 Axel Hervelle (basketball), 6 Vincent Kompany (football), 7 Rutger Beke (triathon), 8 François Duval (auto), 9 Jean-Michel Saive (table tennis), 10 Benny Vansteelant (duathlon), 11 Kenny Belaey (bike trial), 12 Philippe Gilbert (cycling), 13 Tim Maeyens (rowing), 14 Kevin Van der Perren (ice skating), 15 Yves Dupont (basketball), 16 Marino Vanhoenacker (triathlon), 17 Silvio Proto (football), 18 Peter Laureyssens (sailing), 19 François Gourmet (athletics), 20 Daniel Van Buyen (football), 21 Timmy Simons (football), 22 Nick Nuyens cycling), 23 Kevin Rans (athletics), 24 Xavier Malisse (tennis), 25 Michaël Velter (athletics)

Best national sportswoman: 1 Kim Clijsters (tennis), 2 Kim Gevaert (athletics), 3 Ann Wauters (basketball), 4 Justine Henin-Hardenne (tennis), 5 Kathleen Smet (triathlon), 6 Ilse Heylen (judo), 7 Tia Hellabaut (athletics), 8 Aagje Vanwalleghem (gymnast), 9 Virginie De Carne (volleyball), 10 Laurence Rase taekwondo), 11 Cathérine Jacques (judo), 12 Wendy Jans (snooker), 13 Marleen Renders (athletics), 14 Karin Donckers (eventing), 15 Marie-An Caers (basketball)

Best national team: 1 Belgium U-23 (Football), 2 Action 21 Charleroi (UEFA Futsal), 3 National Rowing team double-4 (rowing), 4 Matthew Gilmore/Iljo Keisse (Track cycling), 5 Youth Wildwater Kayak team (Canoe /Kayak), 6 Villette Charleroi (table tennis), 7 Federation Cup Tennis Team, 8 Bob Maesen/Wouter D’Haene (Canoe/Kayak), 9 Tongeren Women Volleyball, 10 National Rugby XV

Geert Paternoster

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