Now in their thirtieth year, the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards celebrate the outstanding contributions that elite athletes, coaches, community volunteers and inspirational women have made to sport.
Johanna Konta has had a tremendous year and we, at tennishead, think she would be a well deserving recipient of the Sportswoman of the Year award.
Previous winners have included Sally Gunnell, Denise Lewis, Kelly Holmes and Jessica Ennis-Hill. We have yet to see a tennis player in the roll of honour. Laura Kenny four-time Olympic Gold winning medalist was crowned the 2016 Sportswoman of the Year.
Ranked No.7 in the world and on the verge of qualifying for the 2017 WTA Championships in Singapore, Konta has won two titles this year including the Premier 5 tournament in Miami. She also progressed to the semi-finals at Wimbledon, the first British woman to do so since Virginia Wade in 1978.
Jordanne Whiley, who added the Wimbledon doubles title to her list of gongs (and while 11 weeks pregnant) would be a worthy winner as Disability Sportswoman of the Year.
As voting is in the hands of the public, why not do your bit to help celebrate some of the best women tennis players our sport has had?
It’s really easy to do, head to https://sportswomenoftheyear.co.uk/awards and register your nomination
Nominations are open until midday Monday September 25th 2017 after which a panel of experts will select the shortlists in each category. The winners will be announced on October 26th.
The Awards up for Grabs
1. The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year 2017
The ultimate accolade for your favourite Sportswoman of this year
2. Young Sportswoman of the Year
Nominees must have been 21 or younger on January 1, 2017
3. Vitality Team of the Year
Celebrating the achievements of Britain’s successful collective efforts
4. Disability Sportswoman of the Year
The outstanding performer in a disability sport
5. Community Award
For individuals who have actively engaged with different groups of people within their community through sport
6. The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration
Recognising inspirational endeavour in honour of the late sports presenter Helen Rollason
7. Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognising a lifetime of sporting success
The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2017, in association with Vitality, are supported by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Sport, Sport England and Women in Sport.