Andy Murray put his double success at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards down to the immense pride he feels in representing his country.
The Dunblane star won the main award for the second time in three years and also took the Team of the Year title along with his victorious Davis Cup team-mates.
Murray said: “You never can please everybody but I have tried my whole career to be myself as much as I could.
“I love competing for my country and my results when I have competed for my country are much better than when I am playing on my own.
“I do genuinely love it and I am proud to compete for Great Britain always. The support has always been there for me when I played in the biggest matches of my career.”
Murray starred as Great Britain ended a 79-year wait for the famous trophy with victory over Belgium in Ghent last month.
And he was rewarded with 361,446 votes ahead of former Leeds Rhinos star Kevin Sinfield, who came second with 278,353 after a successful campaign by the rugby league community.
Together, Murray and Sinfield polled almost two thirds of the 1,009,498 registered votes, with Jessica Ennis-Hill placing third with 79,898 votes and controversial boxer Tyson Fury finishing fourth.
Fury, who had been met with a small but vocal protest outside the venue in Belfast, apologised for his controversial comments concerning homosexuals and the role of women.
“I’ve said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody,” Fury said.
“It’s all very tongue-in-cheek, it’s all fun and games to me. I’m not a very serious kind of person – it’s all very happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury.
“If I’ve said anything in the past that’s hurt anybody, I apologise.”
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was a popular winner of the Coach of the Year award after leading his nation to the Euro 2016 finals.
O’Neill said: “Two years ago we were not in a great place and it would have been easier for me to walk away and for the association to go with someone else, but we stuck together and we are where we are today.”
Jockey AP McCoy – crowned Sports Personality in 2010 – added the Lifetime Achievement Award after bringing his illustrious career to a close in April.
Former All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter paid an emotional tribute to Jonah Lomu after picking up the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award.
“He is an absolute legend of the sport and it was a shock to the people who knew him and the sporting community,” Carter said.
“He changed the sport forever. I was lucky enough to get to know him – he was such a caring and thoughtful guy and he will be missed by everyone.”
Ellie Downie became the second consecutive gymnast to carry off the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award after winning bronze medals at both the European and World Championships this year.
Eight-year-old Bailey Matthews, who has cerebral palsy, was the recipient of the Helen Rollason Award after completing a junior triathlon in June, while Damien Lindsay won the BBC Sport Unsung Hero award for his football and community work in Belfast.
:: Voting breakdown: 1. Andy Murray (361,446); 2. Kevin Sinfield (278,353); 3. Jessica Ennis-Hill (79,898); 4. Tyson Fury (72,330); 5. Lewis Hamilton (48,379); 6. Chris Froome (39,007); 7. Mo Farah (31,311); 8. Max Whitlock (25,952); 9. Greg Rutherford (23,492); 10. Lizzie Armitstead (22,356); 11. Adam Peaty (13,738); 12. Lucy Bronze (13,236)
:: List of winners: Sports Personality: 1. Andy Murray, 2 Kevin Sinfield, 3. Jessica Ennis-Hill; Coach of the Year: Michael O’Neill; Team of the Year: Great Britain Davis Cup; Overseas Personality: Dan Carter; Young Personality; Ellie Downie; Helen Rollason Award: Bailey Matthews; Lifetime achievement: AP McCoy; Unsung Hero: Damien Lindsay.