BT Sport's Action Woman of the Year shortlist
BT Sport has announced the shortlist for its second annual Action Woman of the Year Award.

​Celebrating the ten most spectacular sporting performances by British female athletes in the past year, each nominee has received support from a high-profile ambassador from the world of sport and entertainment. This year they include Judy Murray, Robbie Savage and Chemmy Alcott.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “After an outstanding year in women’s sport we are proud to once again be recognising and celebrating all the achievements and contributions women have made in 2014.”

BT people can vote online for the athlete they believe has made the biggest sporting impact this year. The fully-featured site for people outside BT can be seen here.

The nominees are:

  • Charlotte Edwards – captain of the England cricket team
  • Charlotte Dujardin – World, Olympic, European and World Cup dressage champion
  • Jo Pavey – European 10,000m gold medallist
  • Claudia Fragapane – 16-year-old gymnast and winner of four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games
  • Helen Glover & Heather Stanning – Record-breaking rowing world champions
  • Jordanne Whiley – Grand-Slam winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion
  • Emily Scarratt – England women’s rugby world champion
  • Lizzy Yarnold – Olympic winter games skeleton gold medallist
  • Shauna Coxsey – Double World Cup bouldering champion
  • Fara Williams – England and Liverpool Ladies footballer – and most capped player in the history of English football (men or women).

Clare Balding will present the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Awards on 9 December from BT Sport’s Olympic Park studio. The show will be screened on BT Sport the following day.

Rachel Atherton, the double world champion downhill cyclist, who won the inaugural Action Woman of the Year award last year, will be in the studio with Clare to hand over her trophy to the winner.

Talking about her win, Rachel said: “It’s been incredible. Even now, a year after becoming BT Sport’s Action Woman, people are still talking about it. It’s becoming bigger and bigger. It brings together so many different sports. It opens doors between athletes and inspires people. I guess that’s the whole point, showing the world what women are doing and inspiring others to take part in sport."

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