Countdown: Clare Balding pays tribute to Emma Raducanu
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Emma Raducanu has won the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year award. The likes of Olympic champion Laura Kenny, history-making weightlifter Emily Campbell, horse rider Rachael Blackmore, Paralympic champions Dame Sarah Storey and Kadeena Cox were also nominated for the prestigious gong.
The honour caps off what has been an unforgettable year for the teen, who won the US Open title without dropping a set in September.
She has since gone on to become the Britsh number one and is now in the world’s top 20.
Raducanu first burst on to the scene at Wimbledon this summer, when she reached the fourth round.
The Brit received the award remotely in front of Kate Richardson-Walsh at the eighth annual awards show hosted by Clare Balding.
Elsewhere, Lauren James won the Rising Star award after making history as Manchester United’s first-ever goal-scorer in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
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She was the top scorer in the 2019/20 season and has since gone on to play for England and also secure a move to Chelsea.
Chelsea were named women’s team of the year, who added to their incredible run with victory in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Emma Hayes’ side have also secured back-to-back WSL titles, the Continental League Cup, Community Shield and reached their first-ever Champions League final.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Paula Dunn MBE, for her pioneering contribution to UK Paralympics.
After London 2012, the former Olympic sprinter became the first female head coach at British Athletics.
Balding commented on what has been another historic and groundbreaking year for women’s sport.
“2021 has been another great year for women’s sport, for both teams and individuals,” she said.
“Those nominated tonight, as well as thousands of others across the UK and Ireland, embody the talent, determination and resilience that is helping sport grow year on year.
“This is why BT Sport is incredibly proud to celebrate the success of these phenomenal athletes with the Action Woman Awards, and hopefully play our part in inspiring the next generation of superstars.”
Raducanu may receive another award before the end of the year, as she has been nominated for the BBC Sport Personality of the Year award.
However, the Bromley local will not be able to attend the awards show in person due to the fact she’ll be training in the Middle East.
The ceremony will take place on December 19 and will emenate from MediaCityUK in Manchester.
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