Sir Steven Redgrave, recipient of the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, was in Monte Carlo to accept this honour from a fellow icon of British sport, and World Sports Academy member, Sir Bobby Charlton, along with Hollywood’s favourite couple, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones.
"Your Royal Highness, President Samaranch, ladies and gentlemen. The Sydney Games was absolutely fantastic, and to be part of that, with such amazing team mates as I was. But you can’t forget the people that I’d rowed with beforehand. For the last 25 years I’ve been involved in the sports, I’ve had some great partnerships in big boats and small boats, a really enjoyable time. Now I’ve retired, or maybe in three years time or four years time I’ll be standing back here with a ’Comeback Award’.
Now, that will be some comeback. No, I’ve definitely finalised that I am not carrying on competing any longer, that I’ve had a great time in the sport, it’s now time to move on to other things. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do long term. I’ve got a couple of short term quests, one is to raise £5 million for children’s charities, which I’m working very hard on at the moment, to give our youth, along with the Laureus Awards and the partnership that they’re doing to try and better the youth of the world, to give them a sporting chance. But I’m trying to do that on a much smaller scale at home.
I’m very honoured to have this award, it’s very, very special. There’s been a lot of special people that have helped me achieve the things that I’ve done over the years, that with all the rowers that I’ve had, the parents and also my wife Anne, that the time and commitment that they’ve all put in for me to achieve the things I’ve done. Thank you very much to the body of voting me for this. It’s a very, very special honour, I’m very, very proud, and thank you very much."