Sir Chris Hoy joins illustrious company

Sir Chris collected Lifetime Achievement award Picture: Robert Perry

Sir Chris collected Lifetime Achievement award Picture: Robert Perry

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THAT he was about to receive an award came as no surprise to Sir Chris Hoy.

But the six-time Olympic cycling champion admitted last night that he never expected to find himself in the same illustrious company as Pele, Seve Ballesteros and Bjorn Borg.

Sir Chris made his modest confession as he received the Lifetime Achievement award from Prince Harry at the Sports Personality of the Year awards in Glasgow.

Dressed in a trendy tartan suit he also told a star-studded audience that winning the coveted trophy was not his only major achievement.

Sir Chris and wife Sarra brought their baby son Callum home from hospital earlier this month after he was born 11 weeks early in October.

“It’s been some month,” the 38-year-old said. “To get Callum home was just amazing and this really caps it off.

“It makes it even more special to be receiving the award in Scotland.”

“Its a massive honour and it’s quite surreal when you see the names of the people who are on the trophy.

He said it was not just names like Sir Steve Redgrave, and David Beckham.

“It’s not just British heroes “It’s guys like Pele, Seve Ballesteros and Bjorn Borg so this is amazing”.

Formula I driver Lewis Hamilton pipped favourite golfer Rory McIlroy for the top award on the night. Among the guests were Susan Boyle and comic Eddie Izzard – who was dressed in a suit and high heels.