For the last 28 years, Sky Sports and the Sunday Times have come together (in association with Vitality) to celebrate the astonishing women of sport at a star studded award ceremony in London. That event has done huge amounts to not just promote women's sport, but also celebrate those women who have achieved incredible things within their various sports. So, after 28 years of celebrating the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite performers, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational female figures, we've now found out who the 2015 winners are.
Hosted by the Sky Sports News HQ presenter Kate Abdo and Sky F1 correspondent Natalie Pinkham, the show was aired on the 6th of November on Sky 1 and Sky Sports 1. Seven awards were handed out at the awards ceremony in Sky's south west London studios that night and the presenters included Christine Uhurougu, Carl Froch, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Damon Hill, Steph Houghton and many, many more. The awards were also broadcast on NOW TV, Sky's digital platform that was also recently launched on Apple TV.
The awards, which were rapturously received on the Sky contact telephone number, was the first time a woman has won sportswoman of the year twice. Jessica Ennis-Hill got the award for the second time, after winning it originally in 2012 in recognition of her success at in Beijing. The 29 year old Sheffield resident completed her incredibly return to athletics earlier in the year as she became the world heptathlon champion just 13 months after giving birth to her son Reggie in July 2014.
Ennis-Hill said: “I am so honoured to win this award. This time last year I never thought I would be here in this room with these amazing women, who have achieved so much and are changing so much in their sport.
“It’s really emotional standing here, especially when I think back to the year I have had. It has been incredibly hard: adjusting to life as a mum, having all those amazing experiences and reaching the top of my career.
“I don’t see myself as ‘Supermum’. I am a new mum and I am doing what I love, doing an amazing sport. ‘Supermums’ are mums who do so much more than I do.”
Here are the award winners:
THE 2015 SUNDAY TIMES & SKY SPORTS SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jessica Ennis-Hill
Second place: Lizzie Armitstead (road cycling)
Third place: Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton)
Also nominated: Rachel Atherton (mountain biking), Charlotte Dujardin (dressage), Bianca Walkden (taekwondo)
Presented by: Christine Ohuruogu
VITALITY TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: The England Women’s Hockey Team
Also nominated: Chelsea Ladies, England women’s football team, rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
Presented by: Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp
YOUNG SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Dina Asher Smith
Also nominated: Rachelle Booth (taekwondo), Ellie Downie (artistic gymnastics), Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming)
Presented by: Steph Houghton
DISABILITY SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jordanne Whiley
Also nominated: Hannah Cockroft (athletics), Tully Kearney (swimming), Sarah Storey (road/track cycling)
Presented by: Ade Adepitan
THE HELEN ROLLASON AWARD FOR INSPIRATION
Winner: Annie Zaidi
Presented by: Alex Butler, Sports editor, The Sunday Times
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Winner: Enid Bakewell
Presented by: Clare Connor
Winner: Liverpool Homeless Football Club
Also nominated: Eddie Brocklesby, Wendy Russell, Kay Salter, Marnie Swindells Presented by: Tracey Neville
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