Edward Mills Wins In September

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October 1, 2018  

Edward Mills, the 8-year-old boy who became the youngest person to ever climb the Old Man of Hoy off the coast of Orkney, has won the September Laureus Sporting Moment of the Month public vote. Edward completed the climb to raise funds for the Climbers Against Cancer charity as his late mother, Bekki Christian, suffered from terminal breast cancer.

With the support of his coaches Ben West and Cailean Harker, the talented young climber took the record from previous holder Ollie Buckle, who was ten. It took Edward nearly five hours to reach the top of the famous 450ft sea stack, where he wrote a personal message in the book which is kept there. Edward’s late mother watched her son’s remarkable and emotional achievement from a ferry off the coast of Orkney.

Edward becomes the seventh Nominee for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year, joining March winners and ski jumping legends Sven Hannawald and Kamil Stoch, April winner Doddie Weir, Rochdale football star Joe Thompson, who won in May, June’s winner, Chinese double-amputee Xia Boyu who climbed Mt Everest, Springboks historic first black Test captain Siya Kolisi, who won the July public vote and Mexican football fan Gilberto Martinez who won the August public vote.

Each month, from March to December, the public can select their favourite Moment from a shortlist of four videos, chosen with oversight from the sporting legends of the Laureus World Sports Academy. Monthly winners will then go head-to-head in a final public vote, with the winner being announced at the 2019 Laureus Awards Ceremony.

The Laureus Sporting Moment of the Month campaign for October launches TODAY with four engaging and emotional Moments:

SIMONE’S SOLIDARITY – Simone Biles stands with sexual abuse victims by wearing teal at the US Gymnastics Championships, an event at which she won the clean sweep in all events.

SWINGING WONDER – Inspirational 7-year-old Tommy Morrissey was born with one arm, but that doesn’t hold him back from competing against able bodied golfers in the US Kids World Championship.

THE UNPLAYABLE DELIVERY – BBC Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew reads out an emotional email from cricket fan Patrick Taylor about his late father’s love of the game.

TOYS FROM THE HEART – Excelsior Rotterdam fans throw cuddly toys to sick kids in stands below in heart-warming gesture at their derby match against Feyenoord.

The Laureus Sporting Moment Award demonstrates qualities such as fair play, sportsmanship, drama and dedication, and looks beyond the scoreboard or podium. They are emotional and inspirational moments, symbolising the true value of sport and bringing to life the message that sport has the power to change the world.

To view these emotional and engaging Moments and to VOTE for your favourite, visit myLaureus.com. Sports fans can also send videos that they have seen and enjoyed to myLaureus.com and they will be considered for shortlisting in future months.