Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Award winners 2012:
Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year – Jessica Ennis
In 2012 Jessica Ennis has been simply outstanding.
She finished second in the World Indoor Championships in March, recording a personal best and a British national record points total in the pentathlon.
Later in the year she broke Denise Lewis’s British heptathlon record points total, becoming only the eighth woman ever to score over 6,900 points.
But it was at the London 2012 Games that Jessica saved her best performance, by once again breaking the British record and securing a gold medal with personal bests in the 100 metres hurdles, 200 metres and javelin.
Olympian of the Year – Katherine Grainger
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins broke the Olympic record in the semi-final of the double sculls at London 2012 before going on to win the gold medal in the final.
This Olympic gold adds to her silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008, as well as six world championship titles. This means that Katherine is Britain’s most successful female rower of all time.
Thirty thousand people came to cheer for the double sculls finals at Eton Dorney, many hoping to see Katherine finally achieve her lifetime aim of an Olympic gold. She didn't disappoint.
Young Olympian of the Year – Jade Jones
Jade Jones was selected to compete for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's 57 kg weight category at the tender age of 19.
Here, Jade, performed exceptionally, becoming the first Britain ever to win a taekwondo gold medal. Along the way she beat the top seed in the semi-finals and avenged her 2011 World Championship final loss to Hou Yuzhou.
Paralympian of the Year – Sarah Storey
Sarah Storey won the first gold for Britain at the 2012 Paralympic Games in the cycling C5 pursuit race before going on to win three more.
These and the two previous track golds she received in Beijing are exceptional in their own right but when you consider that she already has three bronze, eight silver and five gold medals in a totally different Paralympic sport, swimming, it makes you realise quite how special Sarah is.
Young Paralympian of the Year – Ellie Simmonds
At the 2012 Paralympics, seventeen year old, Ellie Simmonds won four medals, two golds (both in world record times), silver and a bronze in the S6 disability swimming category.
Her huge success added to her fabulous performance at the Beijing 2008 Games where she won a further two gold medals.
Team of the Year – GB team pursuit cyclists: Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell
The London 2012 Olympic Games Team Pursuit gold medal winning British team consisted of Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Roswell.
What made this medal remarkable was that the team had only ridden together six times, including pre-Olympic and the Olympic final itself – and each time had broken the world record culminating in the final time of 3:14:051.
Coach of the Year – Jenny Archer
Jenny Archer is one of the high performance Paralympic coaches and has been the coach to six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir since 2002.
Formerly a teacher, Archer was a fitness coach with Wimbledon Football Club for eleven years before coaching Weir after meeting him at the London Youth Games. He has regularly praised her coaching skills, rating her the "best in the world by far".
Community Award – Di Redfern
Di Redfern has been a volunteer for the Riding for the Disabled Association since the 1960s.
During this time she has served as a regional chairman and a trustee of the association where she has ensured that people with disabilities get the best possible coaching, whatever their needs.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sue Campbell
Sue Campbell has been involved with sport nearly all her life – a former England netball international, PE teacher, lecturer at the University of Loughborough, chief executive of the National Coaching Foundation and chair of the Youth Sport Trust
In 1991, Sue received an MBE for services to sport and a CBE in 2003, the same year she was appointed as the chairman of UK Sport.
In 2008 Sue became Baroness Campbell of Loughborough and has served as a crossbench peer ever since.
The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration – Claire Lomas
Claire Lomas was paralysed from the chest down when she broke her back in a horse-riding accident in 2007.
The 32-year-old broke her neck, back and ribs and punctured a lung when her horse threw her off as she took part in the Osberton Horse Trials in Nottinghamshire.
However, with the aid of a “bionic suit”, Claire managed to complete this year’s London Marathon in 16 days with 36,000 people cheering her on at the line.
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