17th September 2018
NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE SPORTSWOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
There is only one week to go before nominations close for the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.
The deadline is midnight on Sunday 23 November so don’t miss out on nominating your athletics heroes across the categories; The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, Young Sportswoman of the Year, Team of the Year, Disability Sportswoman of the Year, Grassroots Award, Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration, and Lifetime Achievement Award.
As a reminder, we look back at some of the highlights from the 2018 season.
Triple European champions Dina Asher-Smith and Sophie Hahn catapulted themselves into contention for the main award after their successful 2018 seasons. Both won sprint and relay gold medals in Berlin at the European Championships and WPA European Championships respectively, and both earned golden success at the Commonwealth Games for Team England earlier this year.
Hollie Arnold and Olivia Breen were also champions on the Gold Coast, the former winning the F46 javelin title in a world record, while the latter took home the T38 long jump title with a significant personal best.
Another standout moment came courtesy of 17-year-old Kare Adenegan who won her first major gold medal – the T34 100m – at the WPA Europeans. This followed her scintillating world record at the Muller Anniversary Games over 100m, becoming the first female athlete in her category to dip under 17 seconds.
Hannah Cockroft, Maria Lyle, Hannah Dines, Vanessa Wallace, Sabrina Fortune and Laura Sugar were among the gold medal winners at the WPA Europeans.
Earlier in the year, Katarina Johnson-Thompson won World Indoor and Commonwealth gold alongside a well-earned European silver, while Laura Muir became European 1500m champion, a double World Indoor medallist and the Diamond League winner, landmark moments in her burgeoning career.
The women’s 4x100m relay team of Asher-Smith, Asha Philip, Bianca Williams and Imani-Lara Lansiquot produced a fine display to win the European title, so will be in contention for team of the year.
Elsewhere, 19-year-old Niamh Emerson won the IAAF World Junior heptathlon title in July, only a matter of months after winning a surprise bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Make your nominations here: https://sportswomenoftheyear.co.uk/