Is there a British female sportswoman you think should receive some recognition for her efforts? If there is, now is the time to put her name forward for the The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2009.
These awards have been running for 22 years and recognise the whole spectrum of female sporting success from leading sportswomen through to rising stars, to those working behind the scenes.
Fresh for this year are three new award categories – Sport Businesswoman of the Year and Sports Leader of the Year – both designed to reward the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of sports administration, management, marketing and promotion. Also the new Lifetime Achievement Award which will recognise a lifetime of sporting success.
This year also, two new faces will join the panel of Sportswomen of the Year Award judges – namely Olympic legend Tessa Sanderson and 2009 X Games Champion Snowboarder, Jenny Jones – to give their fresh perspective and unique insights.
As well as celebrating high-profile athletes – previous winners include Nicole Cooke, the England women’s cricket team, Paula Radcliffe, Denise Lewis and Zara Phillips – the event recognises women at all levels of British sporting life including administrators working tirelessly behind the scenes and PE teachers nurturing future talent.
Over the next few weeks, The Sunday Times is inviting people to nominate a friend, colleague or professional they think deserves special recognition. A panel of judges, chaired by Eleanor Oldroyd, BBC 5 Live sports broadcaster, will decide the winners in each of the ten categories:
Team of the Year
Celebrating the achievements of Britain’s most successful female sports teams
Disabled Athlete of the Year
Celebrating the success of Britain’s disabled female athletes
PE Teacher of the Year
Highlighting the outstanding contribution of those who teach physical education
Young Sportswoman of the Year supported by UK Sport
Marking the success of Britain’s young sportswomen. Nominees must be under 21 years of age
The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration
Recognising inspirational endeavour
Sportswoman of the Year
The ultimate accolade for your favourite sportswoman of this year
Community Club Volunteer supported by Sport England
For individuals who have actively engaged with different groups of women within their community through sport
Sport Leader of the Year
Celebrating excellence in sports leadership, highlighting the role woman play in leading sport in the UK
Sport Businesswoman of the Year
Highlighting the stars behind the scenes of sports management, marketing and administration
Sponsorship of the Year supported by Women’s Sport & Fitness Foundation
For brands that have successfully supported and promoted women’s sport
Lifetime Achievement Award supported by CCPR
Celebrating outstanding contribution to women’s sport
Nominations close on September 23. Everyone who nominates will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the main event in November.
Visit www.timesonline.co.uk/sportswomen to nominate now