18th March 2019
ADENEGAN, JOHNSON-THOMPSON & ASHER SMITH HEAD BEDSA NOMINATIONS
T34 100m world record holder and World Para Athletics European 100m champion Kare Adenegan (coach: Job King; club: Coventry Godiva) and triple European Championship gold medallist Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie; Blackheath & Bromley) head the nominations for the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA).
The duo are among a quintet from the sport nominated for awards, which also includes world and European Indoor pentathlon gold medallist, and Commonwealth gold and European silver medallist in the heptathlon, Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Bertrand Valcin; Liverpool).
Also nominated for awards are Jonas Dodoo and Lorna Boothe, both of whom receive recognition in the Coach of the Year category.
After a breakthrough 2018, T34 athlete Adenegan receives two nominations in the Young Sportsperson of the Year category, and the Sportswoman of the Year category, where she is joined by Asher-Smith.
The Coventry Godiva athlete’s standout moments came as she lowered the 100m world record at the Müller Anniversary Games, stopping the clock in 16.80s (0.5) to take nearly four tenths off Hannah Cockroft’s previous record, and over half a second off her own personal best.
She followed that success up in Berlin at the World Para Athletics European Championships as she took gold in the T34 100m, before returning to the track three days later and winning silver in the T34 800m.
She was also crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and shared the British Athletics Writers Association (BAWA) Female Para Athlete of the Year, alongside Sophie Hahn (Leon Baptiste; Charnwood).
Asher-Smith’s 2018 was as equally fruitful. She kicked off the year with Commonwealth 4x100m gold and 200m bronze, before successfully defending her European 100m and 200m titles, and adding the 4x100m gold in Berlin.
The sprint sensation finished second in the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich, and successfully defended her British 100m title, courtesy of a 10.97 (-0.5) showing in Birmingham.
In doing so, the Blackheath & Bromley athlete set new British 100m and 200m records and went on to be named the European Athletics Female Athlete of the Year and BAWA Female Athlete of the Year.
Johnson-Thompson receives recognition in the Inspirational Performance of the Year category following a stellar 2018, that saw her crowned the new world indoor pentathlon and Commonwealth Games heptathlon champion, and the European Championship silver medallist.
She has also kicked off 2019 in fine style by being crowned as the European Indoor pentathlon champion after a stellar performance in Glasgow.
Boothe was honoured in the Queens’ New Years Honours list for her services to sports coaching and administration, and also claimed the Ambassador Women’s Sport award at the Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards.
A former Commonwealth Games 100m gold medallist, Boothe coached 100m hurdles specialist Marcia Sey (Crawley) to the final of the European Youth Championships in Gyor, Hungary, finishing in fourth place.
Dodoo was behind the success of European 100m silver medallist Reece Prescod (Enfield & Haringey) and European 4x100m gold medallist CJ Ujah in 2018, alongside helping the former to dip under 10-seconds for the first time in his career, and defend his British 100m title.
Prescod has started 2019 in fine form, closing off his indoor season as the fastest European over 60m with respective 6.53s showings in Berlin and Birmingham.
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