Prince Daniel, the husband of Crown Princess Victoria, together with Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia attended Monday evening the annual Swedish Sports Gala at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.
During the gala, Prince Carl Philip presented the Radio Sports’ Jerring Award which this year went to Swedish athlete Tove Alexandersson who in 2019 took five World Cup golds. The winner of the Jerring Prize is chosen by a vote from the Swedish people, and according to the Radio Sports, which is responsible for the vote, Tove Alexandersson received 207,000 votes. That was more than 60,000 more votes than the second place.
Prince Daniel followed his brother-in-law when he presented the award of “Pepper of the Year”. The prize rewards a person, organisation or initiative that, in an inclusive and accessible way, has managed to get children and young people in Sweden to be more active.
The 2019 winner was announced as “Fritidsbanken” which collects sports and outdoor equipment that is no longer used and lends it out, just like a library. Everyone can borrow, and everything is free. The business is located in 95 locations in the country, and the aim is for people of all ages to have access to active leisure while reducing the climate impact.
For many years, Prince Daniel has been heavily involved in sports and the fight for a more healthy and active society. He has had a passion for sports all his life, and following a brief time in the army after graduating from school, he became a fitness instructor and personal trainer before meeting Crown Princess Victoria.
In several interviews, Prince Daniel has said that he wants to fight to make a change. During an interview, he said: “I think that we have to understand that changing public health trends is not easy. I think that all stakeholders have to come together and do what they can and see the potential and see their own responsibility in this matter.”
Crown Princess Victoria is one of sixteen advocates appointed by the United Nations to promote the Sustainable Development Goals. Both she and Prince Daniel actively promote a healthy lifestyle and support the urgent need to prevent a global obesity crisis.