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Sports star congratulated by MS Society

Sports star congratulated by MS Society
19th December 2008

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society has congratulated a retired BBC sports presenter with the condition after he scooped an award at the broadcaster's Sports Personality of the Year.

Alastair Hignell, who played cricket for Gloucestershire and rugby for England, was diagnosed with MS in 1999 and has since publicly fought the neurological disease.

The BBC awarded the star with the Helen Rollason award recognising his outstanding achievements despite his condition, following past winners such as Tanni Grey-Thompson and Jane Tomlinson as a winner.

Alastair's honour is named after the BBC's first female sports presenter who died of cancer in 1999, aged 43.

Speaking to magazine MS Matters earlier this year regarding his retirement, he said: "I want to live well […] as a parent, as a husband to my wife Jeannie and as a member of society. I want to get that balance right and not be a passenger. I still want to contribute."

Alastair Hignell was a regular commentator on rugby for Radio 5 Live, with the sportsman covering his last game at the end of May.

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