The guest of honour and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Van Phillips. After losing a leg in a water skiing accident in 1976 Van invented the Flex Foot running blade, which is now widely used by roughly 90% of Paralympic competitors as well as thousands of amputees around the world.
Other winners were:
- Best new sports product or service - Sports Labs Ltd
- Transformative Innovation Award - The Experience
- Best Innovation in Community Sport - Trust Rugby International
- Sports Entrepreneur of the Year - Carol Smillie, Diary Doll
- Sports Business of the Year - Commando Spirit
In addition, a number of students or recent graduates who had entered the Sports Innovation Challenge received monetary awards and mentoring prizes in respect of their plans to develop sports-related ideas into viable business ventures. Morton Fraser had previously sponsored the networking lunch for all shortlisted finalists in Edinburgh in March 2016 and the judging took place in Morton Fraser's Edinburgh office.
Iain Young, corporate partner and Head of Sports Law at Morton Fraser, said:
"This is an extremely worthwhile Awards programme and gives great recognition to an industry which is more often read about on the back pages of newspapers rather than where it should be - on the business pages demonstrating the strength of ideas and entrepreneurship in this growing sector. Having been one of the 3 judges sitting on the judging panel I know from first hand experience just how high the quality of the entrants was. Morton Fraser is delighted to be involved in this programme, and we look forward to the bar being raised even higher next year."