Hannah Cockroft has followed in the footsteps of previous Sportswoman of the Year award winners such as Dame Kelly Holmes, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Dame Denise Lewis, Eilish McColgan, Christine Ohuruogu MBE and Paula Radcliffe MBE. The 2023 Sportswomen of the Year Awards took place on 2 November at News UK in London Bridge and Hannah won the Citi Disability Sportswoman of the Year 2023. Katarina Johnson-Thompson was also shortlisted but pipped to the post by Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps.
The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards has a 36-year tradition of celebrating women’s sport; from the grassroots champions who encourage women and girls into sport to those at the top of their game, and opening doors for more women to follow, the awards recognise and honours all. Supported by partners Citi, the awards also celebrate the finest athletes in disability sport and honour women who have worked incredibly hard to promote positive change for women and girls in sport.
Chris Jones, CEO of England Athletics, said:
“On behalf of everyone at England Athletics, I’d like to congratulate Hannah for winning the prestigious Sunday Times Citi Disability Sportswoman of the Year Award.
“Hannah is undoubtedly deserving of this accolade, adding two more world titles to her impressive collection, winning the T34 100m and 800m in Paris this summer.
“Away from competition, Hannah is a fantastic ambassador for England Athletics, and is very involved with our Personal Best Foundation which helps disadvantaged children and young people achieve their personal best on the track, at school and in life.
“I’d also like to congratulate Katarina Johnson-Thompson for her nomination for the Sportswoman of the Year Award following her world title winning 2023 season.”
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