The spotlight shone on sporting champions during a glittering award ceremony.
Snooker player Mark Selby was crowned Leicester Mercury Sportsman of the Year during the ceremony at the end of January.
The player, who is also known as the Jester from Lester, was unable to appear at the event as he was playing in the Masters tournament in London, so it was accepted on his behalf by the evening’s host Willie Thorne.
The title of Sportswoman of the Year went to athlete Gemma Steel, a member of Charnwood Athletic Club and the Team of the Year was named as cricket team Leicestershire Foxes.
The Young Sportswoman of the Year trophy went to 17-year-old cyclist Lucy Garner, who was the first British girl for 10 years to win the World junior road race championship.
Rugby fly-half George Ford, of the Leicester Tigers, took the trophy for Young Sportsman of the Year.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to former Leicester City and Leicestershire CCC player Graham Cross, and was presented by William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street.
The Mercury’s acting editor Richard Bettsworth said: “Once again, we have so much to celebrate about the brilliant accomplishments of our sportsmen and women in Leicestershire during 2011. The judges had an incredibly difficult task in selecting winners from so many outstanding nominees.
“We are delighted this year that this prestigious competition is being supported by Champions (UK) Plc which has taken on the role of headline sponsor and which organised the awards ceremony. We are also very grateful to all the other sponsors who have supported this event.
“Our congratulations to all our winners and all those who were nominated.”