England and Arsenal footballer Beth Mead has won BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2022.
The 27-year-old was part of the Lioness squad that saw England defeat Germany in the Euro 2022 finals at Wembley to become European champions.
Mead, who is the first women's footballer to win SPOTY, was also the player of the tournament as well as the top scorer at Euro 2022 (six goals and five assists) to take home the Golden Boot, so she played an important role in bringing the trophy home.
"I'm incredibly honoured to win this award," Mead in her speech. "I wouldn't have done it without the girls. The team have backed me. Yes, I've won this accolade, I've scored a few goals but I wouldn't have done it without them.
"This is for women's sport and women's sport heading in the right direction. Let's keep pushing girls, let's keep doing the right thing," she added.
On the red carpet, Mead posed with partner and Arsenal teammate Vivianne Miedema where the two were on crutches as a result of both suffering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) last month.
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Labour leader Keir Starmer congratulated the Lionesses who "inspired a nation," for winning the SPOTY triple crown.
\u201cThis year, the @lionesses inspired a nation. \n\nHuge congratulations for winning the #SPOTY triple crown of Team of the Year, Coach of the Year for Sarina Wiegman and Sports Personality of the Year for top scorer @bmeado9. \n\nThank you for bringing it home.\u201d
Former Lioness and Arsenal captain, Faye White noted how 2022 is "a year when women's football changed its position in society, made history and brought it home!"
\u201cAmazing clean sweep for our incredible #Lionesses at #BBCSPOTY \n\n@bmeado9 - #SPOTY \n@Lionesses - Team of the year \nSarina Weigman - Coach of the year\n\n2022 a year when women's football changed it's position in society, made history and brought it home! \ud83c\udfc6\ud83e\udd47\ud83d\udc4f\u201d