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Raheem Sterling and Ama Agbeze win big at British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards

Raheem Sterling
Image: Raheem Sterling was named Sportsman of the Year at the BEDSA awards on Saturday

Raheem Sterling and Ama Agbeze have been recognised for their achievements at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA).

Manchester City and England winger Sterling was named Sportsman of the Year, while England Netball captain Agbeze took home Sportswoman of the Year at the Awards in London, which celebrate and reward sporting achievements among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) men and women.

Sterling has enjoyed an excellent season for Manchester City, scoring 19 goals in 40 games for the club in all competitions, while the 24-year-old has also received praise for his public stance against racism.

Sterling Raheem Montenegro England
Image: Sterling has received praise for his public stance against racism

Earlier this season, Sterling accused newspapers of "fuelling racism" with their portrayal of young black footballers, while last month he called for Montenegro to be handed a stadium ban by UEFA following their fans' abuse of England players in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

Commenting on his first win at the BEDSAs, Sterling said: "I just want to say thank you for the award, it's a massive honour.

"Sporting Equals are doing some amazing work, so it's a massive honour to be associated with them."

Ama Agbeze - England Captain
Image: England Netball captain Ama Agbeze was named Sportswoman of the Year

Agbeze also picked up her first BEDSA award after captaining the England Netball Team to gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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The 36-year-old, who plays for Vitality Superleague team London Pulse, took home the award ahead of fellow nominees Dina Asher-Smith and Kare Adenegan.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal, Cambridge United and West Brom defender Brendon Batson OBE was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to football and race equality.

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Former QPR manager Chris Ramsey said evolution was not enough to combat racism in football, saying we need to 'move closer to a revolution'

British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards winners

The City Livery Club Sportsman of the Year Award - Raheem Sterling

The Royal Navy Sports Woman of the Year Award - Ama Agbeze

Sporting Equals Lifetime Achievement Award - Brendon Batson OBE

UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year - Ranvir Singh

Youth Sport Trust Young Sportsperson of the Year - Kare Adenegan

The British Army Unsung Champion - Harmander Singh

England Athletics Coach of the Year - Haj Bhania

Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year - GirlDreamer: Boarders without Borders

Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award - Unity Gym

The LTA Community Project of the Year - British Muslim Heritage Centre

England & Wales Cricket Board Special Recognition Award - National Asian Cricket Council

The FA Special Recognition Award - Kulwinder Singh Johal

Sky Media Leadership in Sport Award - Nigel Walker

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