Inspiring Evening at BT Sport Action Woman Awards with the GDST

By Jojo, NHEHS Games Captain

On Monday 9th December Miss Nicholas and I were lucky enough to attend the BT Sport Action Woman awards.

It was an honour to be selected as one of the six girls representing the GDST at the awards. The evening started with drinks and nibbles before we started to see the room fill up with elite sportswomen including the England women’s rugby team, Sky Brown and Jamie Chadwick to name but a few. All the GDST girls shared a table and it was so lovely to get to know them and hear about the sports they all play.

It was fascinating to see behind the scenes of an awards show, from the script that Clare Balding read off a screen, to the countdown to us going live; it’s something I’ve never experienced before and I’m so grateful that I got the opportunity to go.

The first award that was given out was the Team of the Year Award; the winners of this were the Solheim Cup winners. The next award was the lifetime achievement award, which went to Mel Marshall who won many swimming medals for GB herself and now coaches World and Olympic champion Adam Peaty. 

Sky Brown was named as Rising Star at age 11 – next year she will be trialling to be part of the GB skateboarding squad which would make her the youngest Olympian in the sport.

Then it was time for the main award of the night, The Action Woman of the Year.

We heard from each of the nominees and it was so interesting to hear about all of their achievements and how they’ve pushed the boundaries of what women have previously done in their sport. The winner of the award was Pippa Funnell due to an amazing 12 months returning to equestrian sport after a 14 year break from the sport.  She spoke passionately about inspiring the next generation in the sport and it was great to hear from such a successful sportswoman.

I am very grateful for this opportunity and thanks again to the GDST for this invaluable experience.

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