OLYMPIC hero Jade Jones has capped her golden year by claiming the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year title.
TheLondon 2012 taekwondo gold medallist from Flint won the the award in a public vote, which recognised her as the leading and most popular Welsh sporting achiever in 2012.
In front of a star-studded audience at the Millennium Stadium, Jade, 19, collected the award to cap a wonderful year.
Speaking afterwards, Jade told the BBC last night: “I can’t believe I have won. There were so many great people I was up against and just the fact that the public got to vote, so it’s such a great honour that people recognised what I have done.”
Runners-up were rugby union player Dan Lydiate and cyclist Geraint Thomas.
Olympic gold medal-winning rower Tom James, from Coedpoeth, was also nominated for the accolade.
Jade, a former pupil at Flint High School, beat Yuzhuo Hou, of China, in the Olympic final to become women’s -57kg champion.
She received huge backing from her home town and the Pavilion Leisure Centre has since been named after her.
By winning the Welsh Sports Personality of the Year award, Jade follows in the line of many famous Welsh sporting stars.
First held in 1954, past winners of the competition include footballers Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes, boxer Joe Calzaghe, Paralympic star Tanni Grey-Thompson, hurdler Colin Jackson and golfer Ian Woosnam.
The night saw several other awards presented.
The Wales rugby union team claimed the team of the year accolade, while the lifetime achievement award was presented to Lynn Davies who won long-jump gold at the 1964 Olympic Games.
Swimmer Ieuan Lloyd took the Carwyn James junior sportsman of the year award, with cyclist Elinor Barker landing the junior sportswoman of the year prize.