Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2021

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In light of this extraordinary year, we will be honouring our winners with a special online awards ceremony on the evening of November 25, and we’d love for you to join us.

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Changemaker Award

Celebrating those who have inspired others and used their platforms to create change

The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year

The ultimate accolade for your favourite sportswoman of this year

Disability Sportswoman of the Year

The outstanding performer in a disability sport

Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year Award

For individuals who have actively engaged with people in their community through sport

Team of the Year

Celebrating the achievements of Britain’s successful collective efforts

Young Sportswoman of the Year

Nominees must have been 21 years old or younger on January 1, 2021

Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration

Recognising inspirational endeavour in honour of the late sports presenter Helen Rollason
The following awards will open to the public vote on Sunday, October 18 2020:

Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year Award

Influencer Award

Young Inspiration Award


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Rebecca Adlington OBE

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Chrissie Wellington OBE

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Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE

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Place your nominations for the Sportswomen of the Year 2021

This is your opportunity to nominate your favourite sportswomen of the past 12 months. A member of The Sunday Times sports team may contact you to confirm details regarding your nomination.
We are delighted to bring back our full roster of awards this year, as sport has returned to dazzle us after a challenging period during the pandemic. We have four elite awards: the Sportswoman of the Year, Young Sportswoman of the Year, Disability Sportswoman of the Year, and Team of the Year.
We are proud to present awards that recognise the amazing achievements of ordinary women doing extraordinary things in their communities, especially our Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year award, which is at the heart of what makes #SWOTY so special. This year, we are also introducing a new award, the Changemaker award, which is designed to recognise those who have inspired others and used their platform to create change.
If you know women who have inspired, encouraged, kept people active, and introduced people to new sports, we would love to hear about them.
The nomination process will close at midnight on 27th September, after which a judging panel will draw up the shortlists. The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony online on the evening of 25th November.

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