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Summary

  1. Cyclist Geraint Thomas is BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year - and receives the award from Sir Bradley Wiggins
  2. Gymnast Frankie Jones second, Manon Carpenter third and Wales Commonwealth Games team are named Team of the Year
  3. Laura Halford and David Omoregie named best young sports woman and man of the year
  4. Snooker star Terry Griffiths wins Lifetime Achievement award
  5. Wales gymnastics coach Jo Coombs named Coach of the Year

Live Reporting

By Bruce Pope and Tom Gerken

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodnight

That's all from Cardiff, hope you enjoyed the coverage of the 60th BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year awards.

If you couldn't watch the ceremony live this evening you can catch a replay at 22:00 GMT on the red button, while the whole ceremony will be

available for seven days on iPlayer.

Great Geraint

@GeraintThomas86

Geraint Thomas tweets: Super happy to win Welsh SPOTY!! Thanks so much for all those that voted and your support throughout the year!!!

The bearded gentleman on the right is Bradley Wiggins, in case you weren't sure...

Geraint Thomas
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Good-guy Gareth

@GarethBale11

He may have not made the top three, but Gareth Bale is in good cheer on twitter. He tweets: Congratulations @GeraintThomas86 !! Great to see a fellow Whitchurch High School pupil win #WSA2014. And how did Gareth watch the awards? On the BBC Sport Wales Online stream of course.

Gareth Bale
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Support for Manon

She came in third place, but some of you are getting very vocal on social media that world champion Manon Carpenter (pictured left) should have won the gong...

Lee Evans tweets: @ManonCarpenter should have won, but well done none the less!

And Ceri simply tweets: @ManonCarpenter - robbed.

Manon Carpenter
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As the curtain falls...

That's all the awards given out folks, so thanks for reading and hope you all enjoyed the show. But send in any reaction you've got to the evening - is Geraint Thomas a worthy winner or do you feel someone else was more deserving?

If you couldn't watch the ceremony live this evening you can catch a replay at 22:00 GMT on the red button, while the whole ceremony will be

available for seven days on iPlayer.

Wheelie grateful Geraint

Unfortunately Geraint can't accept the award in person as he's away at a training camp, but by video link he's handed the trophy by Sir Bradley Wiggins with the comment, "I don't know why he hasn't won it before".

Geraint's acceptance speech is short but heartfelt: "I don't know what to say. You look at all the previous winners - Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes, Colin Jackson, Tanni Grey-Thompson - all household names.

"I just want to say a massive thanks to all who voted and all those who've supported me throughout the year. The Welsh flag is one of the ones you see the most now on the roadside during races, and it was just fantastic to cap that off in Glasgow in a Welsh jersey - which I don't get to wear that often."

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There's a lot of support for Geraint Thomas on twitter...

Owen from Cardiff tweets: Buzzing for @GeraintThomas86 #welldeserved #WSA2014

Guto Shon Edwards tweets: @BBCWalesSport @BBCCymruWales @GeraintThomas86 Well deserved winner Geraint. You had a brilliant year.

Byron Flynn tweets: @GeraintThomas86 Now for what we asked for in the Summer...Sir GT.

According to Byron, the new question is whether Geraint Thomas should get a knighthood...

Geraint Thomas: The people's champion?

So, Geraint Thomas is BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2014.

Agree? Disagree? Who would you have chosen? Tweet #WSA2014 or text 81012 and get involved.

Geraint Thomas
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BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality 2014

Here we go, drum roll please maestro.... Lynn Davies has the envelope in his hand, and the winner is... Geraint Thomas!

Congratulations to the 28-year-old cyclist, who went straight from his highest-placed finish in the Tour de France to the Commonwealth Games. In Glasgow he won a bronze in the Time Trial and then claimed gold in the Road Race in dramatic fashion - overcoming a late puncture and a wheel change to cross the finish line first.

Second place goes to gymnast Frankie Jones, with third place to another cyclist - mountain bike specialist Manon Carpenter.

The waiting is almost over...

Just the big one to go now, so time for a quick recap of the 10 nominees for Wales Sports Personality 2014. Their achievements are flashed on screen, but you lot can scroll down towards the bottom of this page for our little potted histories of each contender's successes this year.

The moment that Frankie won Glasgow gold

For those who are finding it difficult to remember Jo Coombs' contribution to Welsh sport this year, here is the moment that she masterminded Team Wales' first major success of Glasgow 2014 - when rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones was awarded gold.

Coombs is on the left, while Frankie Jones is being embraced by Carwyn James winner Laura Halford.

Jo Coombs
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Coach of the Year

Frankie Jones is up on stage to hand over the penultimate award, could that be a clue to the winner? Yes, it's Jo Coombs, who led the Welsh rhythmic gymnastics squad to eight medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Will we see Frankie returning to collect the final award of the night for herself?

Rachel James, Welsh para-cyclist

Welsh para-cyclist (and SPOTY nominee) Rachel James is on-stage, handing Paul Jenkins his award for Coach to Disabled People of the Year.

James tells BBC Wales' Jason Mohammad that she is looking forward to a successful 2015, especially in the March World Championships: "Hopefully we can replicate last year, then after that looking forward to Rio 2016... hopefully."

Rachel James
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Lifetime Achievement

Snooker loopy nuts are we, as the award goes to green baize legend Terry Griffiths. Quite a background has our Terry, who is a former postman, insurance salesman, miner and bus conductor who had a long amateur career, winning the Welsh Amateur Championship in 1975 and the English Amateur Championship in 1977 and 1978 before turning professional.

He won the World Championship in 1979 at the first attempt and reached the 1988 final. He also won the Masters in 1980 and the UK Championship in 1982, to complete snooker's triple crown. Since his playing days Terry has become one of the leading coaches in the game.

Michaela Breeze, 6-time Commonwealth Games medalist

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Six-time Welsh Commonwealth Games medalist Michaela Breeze tweets: Celebrating the best of Welsh Sport in Cardiff this evening. Team of the year #TeamWales. Who will take top spot?!?! #WSA2014

Coach to Disabled People of the Year

Paul Jenkins is the man honoured after leading the British Invictus Games wheelchair rugby team to gold alongside his work with the South Wales Pirates club.

Who are you backing?

With an hour gone, we are getting closer and closer to finding out this year's Welsh Sports Personality of the Year. Who are you backing? Let us know via #WSA2014, or text us on 81012.

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Volunteer of the Year

New WRU chairman and former Wales and Lions fly-half Gareth Davies is up on stage to give the next award. And it goes to Taffs Well RFC's Donna Marshall for work that includes giving young people with autism opportunities to play the game.

One to the midriff

Welsh boxing great Colin Jones hands over the trophy to Terry and can't resist a little jab as he jokes: "He had a reputation as a bit of a dirty fighter, but he's cleaned up his act now!"

Community Lifetime Achievement

The award is given to Swansea boxing stalwart Terry Grey. He took over the running of the Gwent Amateur Boxing Club in 1971 and has built a thriving boxing and sport venue in one of Wales' most deprived communities. The club has produced more than 30 British champions in its time and helped change the lives of hundreds of others.

Carwyn James winners

Laura Halford (left) and David Omoregie collect their Carwyn James awards from motorcyclist (and SPOTY nominee) Manon Carpenter - would you have chosen someone else for the youth awards? Tweet #WSA2014 or text 81012 and let us know.

Halford and Omoregie
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Pedal power

Mountain biker Manon Carpenter is interviewed by our Claire in the audience and reveals the secret of her success - her dad never allowed her to have stabilisers on her first bikes. Yikes!

Aled Sion Davies praises the team

Team Wales captain Aled Sion Davies tweets: Congratulations @TeamWales on winning 'Team of the Year' at the #WSA2014. Huge honour to have been a part & lead Wales' most successful team.

He's the one in the middle, sporting a remarkable bright red tie...

Team Wales
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Happy birthday WSPOTY

Time to delve back into 60 years of Wales Sports Personality of the Year. To begin at the beginning, we start with some grainy black and white footage of former Wales rugby union wing and international sprinter Ken Jones, who was the first award winner in 1954. Follow

this link for a look at all the former winners - some great names and great memories.

Missing Cyclists

Team Wales' cycling medalists, and SPOTY nominees, Geraint Thomas and Elinor Barker are not in attendance tonight and have tweeted their apologies...

Geraint Thomas tweets: If I wasn't here at Mallorca training camp, I'd be @ #WSA2014 tonight in Cardiff! Gutted to be missing it, have a great night!!! #welshsport

Elinor Barker tweets: Really gutted i won't be able to make it to #bbcwalesSPOTY tonight as I'm off to Tenerife in the morning (I'm not expecting much sympathy)

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Caitlin from Cardiff tweets: Good Luck @GeraintThomas86 at the #WSA2014 awards tonight!! Hope my increase in phone bill will help the cause!

Hopefully you didn't put yourself into too much debt there, Caitlin...

Carwyn James Awards

Next is the award for the most promising young male and female athletes. The panel obviously agrees with Lynn Davies, as the Young Sportsman of the Year prize is given to David Omoregie. The 19-year-old 110m hurdler won bronze at the World Junior Championships in July 2014 in a time of 13.35 seconds.

And it's Commonwealth Games rhythmic gymnast Laura Halford who wins the Young Sportswoman of the Year. After taking the Welsh and British senior titles earlier in the year the 18-year-old won three medals at Glasgow 2014.

Joe Cordina, Glasgow 2014 boxing bronze medalist

Team Wales' Glasgow 2014 bronze medalist boxer Joe Cordina tweets: Feels amazing to be a part of Wales most successful team #Glasgow2014 and great to collect the best team award at the #WSA2014 #honoured

Olympic hope

Lynn tips a young hurdler as the great hope for the next Welsh track and field Olympic medal: "Our best prospect is David Omoregie, he's the new Colin Jackson. Rio might be a little too early for him but I think he'll be in the team."

BBC Cymru Wales Unsung Hero

Back to the awards and BBC Cymru Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies welcomes Newtown's Bill Marlow onto the stage, a former teacher who now dedicates his time to getting kids in Mid-Wales involved in orienteering. After winning the BBC Cymru Wales award, Bill will now go on to represent Wales in the UK final, which will be announced during BBC Sports Personality of the Year on BBC One Wales on Sunday, 14 December.

Team of the Year

Team Wales just about manage to fit a haul of athletes on stage to accept their Team of the Year award. Deserving? Tweet #WSA2014 if you think there was a more deserving team than this lot:

Team of the Year
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Leap back in time

It's 50 years since Lynn Davies jumped into the record books by taking long jump gold at the Tokyo Olympics. The great man himself talks us through one of the seminal moments in Welsh sporting history - the temperature had dropped steadily through the rounds of competition and Lynn says his training in rain and frost-kissed Cardiff gave him the edge. So get out there and embrace that Welsh weather tomorrow sports fans...

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Andrew from Richhill texts: Jamie Donaldson produced the standout moment of 2014 with THAT approach shot at the Ryder Cup. To be able to do that, under that much pressure and scrutiny is incredible. He gets my vote!

Glasgow greats

Another logistical achievement is getting all those Commonwealth athletes up on stage who have attended tonight. "Leading it was something else and these guys just stepped up and delivered," says squad captain Aled Sion Davies of their Glasgow performances.

Jazz Carlin, swimming gold medalist

Team Wales' swimming gold medalist Jazz Carlin tells BBC Radio Wales that the Commonwealth gold will always be a highlight for her: "Standing on top of the podium, seeing Welsh flags everywhere was definitely incredible. I'd love to capture that moment and remember it forever."

Carlin and Davies
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Jazz Carlin (left) and Georgia Davies (middle) being interviewed for BBC Radio Wales

Team of the Year

We've just seen the best achievements of Welsh teams, so the prize goes to... Team Wales after their record 36-medal haul at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Good luck fitting all those medals into the next video clip guys!

Time for some highlights

A fantastic montage is playing on the big screens of some of Wales' sporting highs over the past 12 months. It really has been a great year.

Who's here and tweeting?

Boxers Joey Cordina and Lauren Price have confirmed their attendance on twitter, as have Team Wales captain Aled Sion Davies and table tennis player Charlotte Carey amongst others...

Get involved on twitter with #WSA2014 to join the discussion.

Young Volunteer of the Year

Young Volunteer of the Year goes to Bridgend's Rhys Young for his work with the 5x60 Scheme, which aims to increase the number of secondary age pupils taking part in sport or physical activity.

Three is the magic number

"Triathlon is growing all the time and I'm just proud to be up here on behalf of the sport," says Community Coach of the Year Royden Healey.