Nominations open for Sportswomen Awards

Nominations open for Sportswomen Awards

Nominations now open for The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2016 in association with Vitality.

The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2016 in association with Vitality launched this weekend, with a call for public nominations.

The awards, now in their 29th year, have led the way in recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite athletes, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational women.

For the next three weeks, the U.K. public are invited to submit nominations for the eight categories at swoty2016.co.uk.

Previous winners of the main award, the coveted Sportswoman of the Year accolade, include Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won in 2015, and Charlotte Dujardin, Sally Gunnell, Dame Kelly Holmes, Denise Lewis, Christine Ohuruogu, Victoria Pendleton and Zara Phillips.

The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2016 in association with Vitality are among the most prestigious and influential in the British sporting calendar and this year new categories have been added to celebrate the success of our Olympians and Paralympians at the Rio Olympic Games.

The eight award categories are:

The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year 2016 The ultimate accolade for your favourite Sportswoman of 2016

Olympian of the Year The outstanding performance from the Rio Olympic Games

Paralympian of the Year The outstanding performance from the Rio Paralympic Games

Vitality Team of the Year Celebrating the achievements of Britain’s successful collective efforts

Young Sportswoman of the Year Nominees must have been 21 or younger on January 1, 2016

Community Award For individuals who have actively engaged with different groups of women within their community through sport

The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration Recognising inspirational endeavour in honour of the late sports presenter Helen Rollason

Lifetime Achievement Award Recognising a lifetime of sporting success

The online nomination process will close at midday on Monday 31 October. A panel of experts will then select the winners to be revealed at a star-studded awards ceremony at The News Building on the evening of Thursday 8 December.

Discover the latest news and get involved by following #SWOTY in the lead up to the Awards.

Posted 09:50hr, Monday 10 October 2016