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#SWOTY winners announced

November 20, 2014
Charlotte-Dujardin

The winners of the 2014 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards were announced last night, with Charlotte Dujardin taking the top award – Sportswoman of the year.
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The prestigious Awards, now in their 27th year, celebrate the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite performers, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational female figures.

Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year for 2014: Charlotte Dujardin
The double Olympic champion won two individual gold medals and a team silver at this summer’s world equestrian games in Caen in north-west France.

Speaking live via a video link in Australia, Dujardin said: “Thank you very much. I am really privileged to accept this award. I am sorry I can’t be there but I am in Melbourne at present.
“I have an incredible relationship with my horse Valegro. I have been working with him for eight years now. We know each other inside out. He’s like my dance partner out there.
“In fact, he should be up on the stage receiving the award, too. But he’s at home in the stables!

Runner-up was Lizzy Yarnold, the Sochi Olympic skeleton champion with third place going to middle-distance runner Jo Pavey, the 10,000m European champion

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Young Sportswoman of the year: Claudia Fragapane
Claudia Fragapane made the successful transition from Bristol schoolgirl to international superstar at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
She said: “To go to the Europeans, the Commonwealths and then the worlds has been amazing. I suppose I would say I’m not that smart at school – so, in a way, gymnastics is the only thing I can do well!

Team Of The Year: England rugby union team
The England women’s rugby union team ended a run of three successive final defeats to lift the World Cup in style in August.

Team Captain, Katy McLean said: “Our World Cup win was for the legends of the game who came before us and laid the foundations for our success. Women’s rugby has grown amazingly in recent years. The sport is in a good place now.”

Disability Sportswoman Of The Year: Stephanie Slater
Stephanie Slater was the star of the IPC European swimming championships, winning an incredible seven gold medals over the course of seven days in Eindhoven. “I’m totally blown away by this. It must have been such a hard task for them to narrow the field down. I want to say a massive well done to the other sportswomen in this category. They have all achieved so much this year.”

Community Award: Sue Frett
Sue Frett is the founder of the Surrey branch of the Special Olympics Great Britain, an organisation that provides sports training and competition in a variety of sports for people with learning disabilities.The 75-year-old from Epsom has helped children with learning disabilities for more than 50 years – ever since her own son, Jonathan, first attended the St. Philips School for children with intellectual challenges in Chessington, Surrey.

Lifetime Achievement award: Louise Martin
Louise Martin, vice-chair of the Organising Committee for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. “We delivered exactly as we wanted from the beginning for the athletes of the Commonwealth. They all had fun and went home with new friends.” She said.

Helen Rollason Award For Inspiration: Mel Woodards
Over the past few years, Woodards from Weston-super-Mare has used volunteering as a way for her and her two children to overcome domestic violence. Most pertinently, the 40-year-old helped to set up a local league that now allows 900 children to take part in football within her community.
“Volunteering has saved my life,” she says. “Literally, I believe I would be dead if it wasn’t for volunteering. It’s turned my life around.”

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