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Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2007

January 2, 2008

Victoria Pendleton, one of the world’s leading female track cyclists, was today named as The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year for 2007.

The ceremony, held at Lord’s cricket ground, was hosted by the BBC’s Jill Douglas and celebrates the achievements by women at all levels of sport. Pendleton became the triple world champion at the UCI Track cycling World Championships in Mallorca this year. She wasn’t able to attend the awards as she is currently training in Perth Australia but spoke by video, “I am really hoping 2008 will be a great year,” she said. “It is fantastic to have won this award.”

She pipped Katherine Grainger, winner of four gold rowing world championship medals, who was runner up. In third place was Christine Ohuruogu, winner of the 400m at the World Athletics Championships in August.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King, winner of 39 grand-slam titles in 19 years, was a deserved recipitent of the Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award. Other winners included Arsenal Ladies football team, who had a fantastic 06/07 season winning four domestic and european trophies.

The awards celebrate all levels of women in sport with categories including PE Teacher of the Year (won by Helen Finbow – Woodhey High School, Ramsbottom, Bury) and the MCC Young Sportswoman of the Year (Shanaze Reade – BMX World Junior Champion).

BBC Sport presenter Jill Douglas, who hosted the event, said: “All the women here are fantastic role models who will inspire future generations to excel at sport.”

Full list of winners in the 2007 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards, in association with Sony Ericsson:

Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year: Victoria Pendleton

Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award: Billie Jean King

Pindar Team of the Year: Arsenal Ladies

Unsung Hero Award: Cherry Alexander

MCC Young Sportswoman of the Year: Shanaze Reade

The Champions Award: Nicole Arthur

University Sporting Achievement of the Year: Jessica Ennis

PE Teacher of the Year: Helen Finbow – Woodhey High School, Ramsbottom, Bury

The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration: Joanna Gardiner

Sony Ericsson Overseas Sportswoman of the Year: Carolina Kluft

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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