Darren Kenny Poole Harbour

Darren Kenny, who became Britain?s most successful Paralympics cyclist when he won four gold medals and one silver in Beijing, won the BBC South?s Disabled Sportsperson Award on Sunday.

Kenny became disabled after an accident in the 1988 Junior Tour of Ireland. When he returned to racing in 2000, he won the National disabled circuit championship and a silver medal on the track at Manchester and was invited to join Team GB.

In the Athens 2004 Paralympics, he won two gold medals, a silver and also broke the 1km world record. He currently holds all five track world records for his class. His four gold medals in Beijing came in the individual pursuit, 1-kilometre TT, team sprint, and road race. He won silver in the road TT.

Olympic and World road race champion Nicole Cooke was second in Sunday?s BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Winner was Wales Rugby wing Shane Williams, ahead of Cooke who won in 2003, and boxer Joe Calzaghe, the winner in 2006 and 2007.