Jessica Ennis has been named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, with fellow Britons Andy Murray and Lord Coe also picking up awards at a star-studded ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Ennis' honour came after she won heptathlon gold at last summer's London Olympics, where she more than handled the pressure of going into the Games as Team GB's poster girl by storming to victory with a British record score of 6,955 points.
Murray claimed the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award having followed up his own medal success at the Olympics - gold in the singles and silver in the mixed doubles - by winning his first grand slam title at the US Open a month later.
Lord Coe, the chairman of the organising committee for London 2012 who won Olympic 1500 metres gold at the 1980 and 1984 Games, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The City of Sheffield Athletics Club chairman said he is "furious" at the council's decision to close the Don Valley Stadium.
Mike Corden said:
The writing was on the wall when they didn't instantly rename it after Jess following the Olympics.
We asked that question straight away and the politicians averted their eyes and waited for it to go away.
It's an appalling mess and if the politicians were bankers people would be baying for blood.
So sad to lose Don Valley Stadium! Where it all started for me. Great memories.
The stadium where Olympic hero Jessica Ennis was discovered will be closed and demolished as a cost-cutting measure, councillors have decided.
The £29 million Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield - where Ennis still trains - is being sacrificed as part of Sheffield City Council's bid to save millions of pounds.
The councillors voted in favour of the measure as part of an overall budget plan that was approved after a five-hour meeting.
The Labour-run authority said it must find £50 million of savings next year after sweeping public spending cuts were announced by the Government
It says the £700,000 it spent subsidising the facility in 2012/13 is unsustainable as the facility is running at a loss.
Ennis said yesterday after receiving her CBE at Buckingham Palace, "Having that iconic stadium in my home city is incredible, and to lose that would be such a shame for future athletes coming through".
Recently, Sheffield City Council said of proposals to close Don Valley Stadium:
These are extraordinarily difficult times and we have said that we will have to look at tough budget options because of the devastating Government cuts to public spending and local government.
We have said all along that we have to consider all options and Don Valley Stadium is one of the bigger options on the table.
I want to make it clear that no decisions have been made and when we are in a position to confirm our spending decisions we will do so.
A decision on the future of the stadium will be made later today.
Sheffield City Council is due to make a decision over the closure of Don Valley stadium today.
The council has said that it faces £50m in cuts as a result of government budget reductions and cannot afford to subsidise the stadium which cost £700,000 per year to run.
Councillors are considering a plan to demolish Don Valley and reopen the nearby Woodbourn athletics stadium.
Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis has appealed for the stadium to remain open, saying its closure "would be a huge shame".
Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello has joined the athlete in appealing against the closure of Sheffield's Don Valley stadium.
It is an iconic stadium and its a place that has inspired youngsters and none more so than Jessica Ennis.
It is a fantastic facility and it is an incredible shame to lose something like this from the sporting map.
Having taken the youngsters all the way through to Olympic gold you see that this actually can be done in Sheffield.
Why, if you can have one Jessica Ennis, can you not have two or three?
That opportunity all of a sudden looked to be there and now it's going to be taken away from a whole new generation of youngsters."
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis has made a last-ditch appeal to save the stadium where she was discovered as a teenager and still trains.
Councillors are expected to approve the closure of the Don Valley Stadium at a meeting later today.
Ennis said: "I've got some amazing memories, starting my athletic career there and having that iconic stadium in my home city is incredible.
"To lose that would be such a shame for future athletes coming through, so I hope that the right decision's made and we can find a way to keep it."
Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams and Greg Rutherford have arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive their honours.