Rachel Atherton is BT Sport Action Woman of the Year

by Chipps 9

Rachel Atherton was tonight named the “BT Sport Action Woman of the Year”, beating nine other fantastic athletes shortlisted against her (eight of them current Olympians or Para Olympians…). The glittery ceremony was broadcast live and hosted by Clare Balding and Gary Lineker


It’s great to see downhill mountain biking getting mainstream recognition ahead of the Olympics.
Rachel told girls to shrug off the crashes and scrapes and get riding.

Rachel was obviously delighted to win against such a strong field of competitors, and used her acceptance speech to encourage all girls, young and old, to give mountain biking a try. After such a successful season, and despite it being an Olympic year, we feel that she got a publicly-voted award that she definitely deserves.

Here’s a link to the video:

In third place was Maddie Hinch the British Olympic field hockey goalkeeper and second was Charlotte Dujardin OBE the Olympic dressage rider. The full (and impressive) list of nominees is here.

Way to go, Rach!


Comments (9)

  1. At last! Now to crack BBC SPOTY.

  2. BBC SPOTY won’t happen this year because they didn’t even consider her for the shortlist that the public vote on ( lets face it, they struggled to even report her achievements this year)

  3. Excellent news and well deserved.

  4. Well us mountain bikers may be a disorganised bunch, but when it comes to voting in a poll, we’re world-class!

  5. Nice one! & as said previously, well deserved.

  6. Well done her, thoroughly deserves it.

    She looked properly surprised as well.

  7. Well done and well deserved

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