21 March 2017

February’s BT Sport Action Woman contenders

March 5, 2015
Sainsbury's British Athletics Indoor Championships - Day One

The hunt for BT’s Action Woman of the Year 2015 is underway and every month BT Sport will be highlighting potential contenders. But it’s not just down to the journalists at BT Sport, they want you to nominate the sportswomen who have impressed you most, using the #ActionWoman hashtag on Twitter.

At the end of the year, 10 nominees will make the final shortlist and it will be up to the public to vote for who they want to succeed 2014 winner Charlotte Dujardin as Action Woman of the Year.

Here are five worthy contenders from February:

Sainsbury's British Athletics Indoor Championships - Day One

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
We may only be a few weeks into the 2015 athletics season, but British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson (‘KJT’) is showing she’s definitely back to her best after an outdoor season hampered by injury in 2014. On Valentine’s Day, the 22-year-old surprised herself with the best present by becoming the greatest British female high jumper in history, setting a new national record of 1.97m.

Jade Jones
It’s been a storming start to 2015 for the Welshwoman, nicknamed ‘The Headhunter’ for her aforementioned tendency to try and score points with kicks to her opponent’s head rather than their body. Success at the European Clubs’ Championship in Antalya was swiftly followed by victory at the WTF Turkish Open four days later, with Croatia’s Martina Zubcic and home favourite Durdane Altunel both falling foul of the 21-year-old from Flint in under-57kg finals.

Sarah Storey
It was slotted under a headline of ‘Failure’ but here’s the alternative view: Dame Sarah Storey broke the British, Paralympic and Word Masters record when she attempted The Hour record at the Lee Valley Velodrome, previously set by the Dutch woman Leontine van Moorsel nearly 12 years ago. “That’s not bad news,” said her husband Barney, with pride.

Samantha Murray
“I think what makes a winner isn’t just the hours in the gym, it’s what you do in your spare time, how aware you are, and how conscious you are of yourself.” Judging by her results, Samantha Murray’s philosophy works. The Modern Pentathlon world champion recently won World Cup gold in Florida, her first competition after winning the world title in September last year.

Katy McLean
England women’s Six Nations campaign has been a mixed bag so far, with a convincing victory over Italy sandwiched between defeats to Wales and Ireland, but one major positive has been the return of World Cup-winner and talismanic captain Katy McLean. McLean was absent from the opening game as she was playing for the England sevens team in the World Series, but the fly-half made an instant impact on her return by opening the scoring against Italy, slotting a penalty after four minutes.

Read the full story on BT Sport here and get involved using the #ActionWoman hashtag on Twitter.

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