The survey revealed that the Davis Cup win was the most inspirational UK sporting event of 2015, as Leon Smith’s team – led by the inspirational Andy Murray – defeated Belgium 3-1 to land their first title since 1936.
Jessica Ennis-Hill’s heptathlon gold at the World Athletics Championships, only 13 months after giving birth to her first child, was the second most inspirational British sporting moment of 2015.
Her achievement was closely followed by the England cricket team successfully regaining the Ashes, which just pipped Lewis Hamilton’s third Formula 1 world title into third place.
England’s football Lionesses also polled well, and their heroic performance, coming third in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, led them to finish as the fifth most inspiring moment of 2015.
The survey, by award-winning hotel group QHotels also found that one in five men thought that Jamie Vardy beating the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive matches was the most inspirational sporting moment of 2015, compared to just seven per cent of women.
1. Great Britain’s Davis Cup win – 43%
2. Jessica Ennis-Hill winning the world heptathlon title – 38%
3. England’s cricket team winning the Ashes – 31%
4. Lewis Hamilton winning his third F1 world title – 28%
5. England’s women footballers coming third in the World Cup – 24%
Claire Rowland, Director of Marketing at QHotels, commented: “At QHotels we are inspired by our customers to provide the best service possible. It’s at the heart of everything we do and runs throughout the business. So it is only natural that we should find out whom and what sporting moments inspired our customers in 2015.
“In a year full of heroic sporting achievements it’s incredible to see the regard in which the British public hold Great Britain’s Davis Cup victory, with nearly half of our poll finding their achievement the most inspiring sporting moment of the year.
“It’s also great to see just how inspired the public was by Jessica Ennis Hill’s terrific achievement, winning heptathlon gold at the World Athletics Championships, only 13 months after giving birth to her first child. She’s an inspiration to us all.”
Other inspirational sporting moments from 2015 included cerebral palsy sufferer Bailey Matthews casting aside his walking frame to finish the Castle Howard Triathlon unaided, Wayne Rooney and James Anderson becoming England’s top goal-scorer and wicket-taker, as well as Tyson Fury’s incredible defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to become the WBA, IBF & WBO World Heavyweight Champion.
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