Doddie Weir wins Laureus Sporting Moment public vote

Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock, Doddie Weir, who revealed in June last year that he is fighting motor neurone disease, has won the April Laureus Sporting Moment of the Month public vote.

Doddie, who has 61 caps for Scotland, was recognised for his emotional delivery of the match ball at the Scotland v New Zealand match in November and his fundraising and awareness drive through the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation

He is now the second nominee for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year, joining March campaign winners and ski jumping legends Sven Hannawald and Kamil Stoch.

Doddie said tonight: "A big thank you ... no, a humongous thank you to everyone who voted, and a tremendous effort by all my friends on social media.

"It was a great honour to be nominated alongside some real sporting heroes and I am blown away to see the level of support and the result of the vote.

"Sport inspires great emotion and that was evident in all the “moments of the month.

"I will never forget that day at Murrayfield with my boys, and the response of the crowd and the outstanding performance of the Scotland team against the world champions. It was the ideal platform and opportunity to launch our charity, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

"I’d like to thank everyone who took time to vote and for your continued support.”

Each month, from March to December, the public can select their favourite moment from a shortlist of four videos, chosen by 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 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.

Dominic McKay, Scottish Rugby Chief Operating Officer, said: "Huge congratulations to Doddie Weir for winning this prestigious accolade, which recognises the emotion of the occasion, the special way it was captured brilliantly by our broadcast partner BBC and the outstanding work done by Doddie to raise awareness about MND since his diagnosis.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the house when he took to the BT Murrayfield pitch to deliver the ball on that memorable day in November and we are delighted for him that it’s been recognised in this way."