Heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam was crowned Sportswoman of the year. Thiam (20) clinched a bronze medal at the European Athletics Championships in Zürich. During the competition, Thiam crossed 1m97 in the high jump; the highest ever leap in combined events. Thiam was the overwhelming winner of the vote by nearly 200 professional sports journalists and former winners, with 527 points. World boxing champion Delfine Persoon came second with 416 points, with Evi Van Acker (sailing) finishing third with 205 points.
Football was the big winner of the night with Divock Origi elected as most promising athlete of the year, the Belgian Red Devils were voted Team of the year, and Marc Wilmots was again Coach of the year. Double world champion Michèle George is Belgium’s Paralympian of the year.