Nominations for The Sunday Times’ 32nd Sportswomen of the Year Awards are underway, celebrating the greatest achievements from women in sport over the last 12 months.
With a growing number of athletes in participation, higher viewing figures and record-breaking achievements, women are accomplishing more in sport than ever before and Great Britain’s triathletes are no exception. In fact, initiatives such as GO TRI, a community in which 59% of its occupants are female, prove that triathlon is a sport in which women can compete at all levels.
The awards are divided into such categories as Disability Sportswoman of the Year, Young Sportswoman of the Year and the eponymous accolade, The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year. Nominations are submitted by the general public before a shortlist is agreed upon by an expert panel comprising of previous award winners, Olympic medallists and sport journalists. This shortlist will then be released to the public for a final vote in order to determine the winner of each award.
Amongst the panel is four-time IRONMAN World Champion, Chrissie Wellington OBE. Wellington was also a recipient of the Sportswomen of the Year Award in 2009 after claiming her third IRONMAN world title in Hawaii.
The sport of triathlon offers plenty of examples of remarkable women in sport. Home to Olympic and Paralympic medallists as well as incredible young talent, triathlon is host to many inspirational individuals who act as strong role models for the next generation of female talent. Trish Deykin, for example was honoured at the event in 2018 with the Helen Rollason Award for inspiration.
This year has been a year of incredible sporting achievements in triathlon. From Claire Cashmore and Lauren Steadman consistently dominating PTS5 podiums, to the World Triathlon gold medals of Georgia Taylor-Brown and Non Stanford. Not to mention European Cup gold medals from young athletes like Olivia Mathias. British paratriathletes were also prolific after a fantastic year for Fran Brown in the PTS2 category, ending 2019 as reigning ITU world champion, whilst Melissa Reid rounded out her incredible year with a silver at both the World and European Championships.
British Triathletes have achieved an impressive number of accolades in 2019. The women of the sport have been enormously successful in delivering medal-winning performances that inspire future generations.
Nominations are now open for The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards and close on October 6th. The awards will take place on November 21st.