The Awards season is in full swing and the nominees have now been announced for the 2014 BT Sport Action Woman Award.
This award, voted by the British public, comes at the end of another fantastic year for Women’s sport.
It will be fascinating to see who will succeed last year’s winner, Downhill Mountain Biking star Rachel Atherton, as Action Woman of the Year and voting is open via the BT Sport website until Tuesday December 2nd. The list of nominees shows the depth of talent in the world of women’s sport and each nominee has a supporter from the world of sport or entertainment who has been particularly dazzled by their achievements this year.
Clare Balding will present the trophy to the winner during a star-studded awards ceremony at BT Sport’s Olympic Park studios, which will be broadcast on BT Sport on Wednesday December 10th.
Amongst the nominees is: Charlotte Edwards, the amazing England cricket captain, who this year led her team to back to back Ashes wins; with an incredible 92 from 59 balls she stifled an Aussie comeback.
Charlotte made her debut at Lords 18 years ago at the age of 16, and became England’s leading run-scorer in one-day internationals during the 2005 World Cup in South Africa. Now she is a Wisden Cricketer of the Year (only the second woman to be nominated for the prestigious accolade) and the scorer of more ODI and T20I runs than any other England player (man or woman).
Her Test Average (45.69) is on a par with Graham Gooch, Alastair Cook and Colin Cowdrey. This year the leading England players have become full-time professionals. Charlotte Edwards is a batting phenomenon and inspirational leader.
Charlotte’s nomination is supported by Pamela Cookey – England’s Netball Captain.
Another nominee is Emily Scarratt
Emily burst onto the International scene in 2008 with 12 tries in 12 games, she was being touted as the Brian O’Driscoll
As centre and goal-kicker in the England rugby team Emily scored three penalties, a try and a conversion, thus scoring 16 of England’s 21 points in the World Cup final against Canada. The England team were determined to banish the disappointment of losing the three previous world cup finals and they did it in style. Scarratt’s personal contribution led to her becoming a candidate for the title: best female player in the world.
The victory, which she described as “life-changing, surreal, overwhelming, amazing, incredible”, was the springboard to culture change at the RFU, who immediately announced that 20 leading women players, including PE Teacher Scarratt, 24, would be offered professional contracts in order to prepare for the Rugby 7’s at the 2016 Olympics.
Emily’s nomination is supported by: James Haskell – England and Wasps rugby.
Also nominated is Fara Williams – England Women’s Football and Liverpool Ladies FC
Fara was part of the England team who cruised to qualification for next year’s World Cup, winning all 10 games of their qualifying campaign. Williams played a pivotal role in notching up that 100% record, starting every game for England as they sounded a warning to their rivals in Canada next summer.
Fara’s club Liverpool, won the FA WSL this season too, in the most exciting climax to a league possible they clinched victory on the last day of the season coming through from third place as both Chelsea and Birmingham failed to capitalize on the situation. The Reds beat Bristol Academy to take the title for the second successive season. And Fara showing admirable composure scored a penalty with just 20 minutes to go sealing the victory and the league.
Supported by: Robbie Savage – Former Wales footballer
The other nominees for this award are:
JO PAVEY – European 10,000m gold medallist
CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN – World, Olympic, European, World Cup Dressage Champion
JORDANNE WHILEY – Grand Slam-winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion
SHAUNA COXSEY – Double World Cup Bouldering Champion
HELEN GLOVER AND HEATHER STANNING – Record-breaking rowing World Champions
CLAUDIA FRAGAPANE – Commonwealth gymnastics champion
LIZZY YARNOLD – Olympic skeleton gold medalist