Pa Evenepoel receives Sportjuweel instead of Remco: “Children cannot do without parents” | Other sports

Quick Step rider Remco Evenepoel’s trophy cabinet is slowly starting to bulge. The world champion now also sees his sublime year crowned with the Vlaams Sportjuweel. Father Patrick Evenepoel received the trophy from the Flemish Sports Minister Ben Weyts, because Remco himself is a trainee.

The number of year-end prizes for Remco Evenepoel (22) can no longer be counted on one hand. Previously he was also the winner of the National Trophy for Sports Merit, the Flemish Reus, Kristallen Fiets, Flandrien and Vélo d’Or.

Evenepoel is also the favorite for the award for Sportsman of the Year, which will be awarded on 6 January.

Tonight he was awarded the Vlaams Sportjuweel. With this award, the Flemish government rewards an athlete or a team that delivered a remarkable performance or completed an exceptional career during the year.

Athletes can receive the award only once in their sporting career. There is no prize money involved, but an 18 kilo trophy.

Remco Evenepoel (22) gave our country a first overall victory in a Grand Tour in the Vuelta since 1978. He was also crowned road world champion and won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the spring, both after a great number.

Evenepoel’s competitors for the Vlaams Sportjuweel also put in top performances. Lotte Kopecky won the Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders and 2 world titles on the track.

Emma Plasschaert sailed for the Laser Radial World Championship at the end of 2021 and took WC bronze in October. But it was not enough to win the Vlaams Sportjuweel.

Patrick Evenepoel: “It’s a shame that Remco is so busy”

“I want to thank everyone for voting for me. Every trophy is always a great honor,” Evenepoel said in a video message from his internship in Calpe.

“I am very sorry that I will not be present at the award ceremony tonight. I am in a period of a lot of training and many commitments for the team.”

Remco’s father Patrick Evenepoel accepted the award in place of his son. “I have continuously had to accept awards for Remco in recent weeks, but I do so with pleasure. You see again that children are nothing without their parents,” he laughed.

“I am very proud of Remco, but every parent will undoubtedly be their child’s. Every prize creates emotions and every prize is important.”

Patrick Evenepoel hasn’t seen Remco much in recent months. “It’s a shame. Remco is very busy with all kinds of commitments, sporty and extra-sporty, but that’s the fate of a successful top athlete.”

“And of course there will also be training, because he wants to be there again next year in the rainbow jersey. Fortunately, it is almost Christmas. Then we can celebrate the year together.”

Jelle Spruyt is Top Sports Coach of the Year

Besides Remco Evenepoel, a few other people from the sports world also won prizes.

Jelle Spruyt was elected as Best sports coach of the year. Spruyt is the coach of Bart Swings, who won gold in the mass start at the Winter Games.

Price for Top sports amplifier in 2022 went to physiotherapist Maarten Thysen. Thysen is also a supervisor for Bart Swings and, together with Professor Johan Bellemans, founder of the GRIT Sports Clinic.

The recipient of the Hottest sports initiative became Football Girls Leuven. The club is committed to girls who want to play football, but are difficult to reach or do not dare to go to a club themselves. The aim is to remove all financial, sporting and logistical barriers so that no one is sidelined.

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