Derby Telegraph Sports Awards to celebrate successful sporting women

Submitted by bwhite on Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:01

Following the success of the Women’s World Cup in France, the Netball World Cup in Liverpool and England’s women’s cricket team looking for victory in the upcoming Ashes series, it’s fair to say that women’s sport is thriving in the UK.

It isn’t just on a national level where this is the case and the 2019 edition of the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards will be shining a spotlight on one of the regions sporting women.

The ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ award will recognise the achievements of woman who has displayed a stunning level of success on a regional, national or even international level.

Last year this award was won by British boxer Sandy Ryan after she scooped a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. And finalists at this year’s event will be hoping to follow in her footsteps when they arrive at Derby College’s Roundhouse venue on Wednesday 6 November.

Each award has a category sponsor and this year the British Army will be showing their support for this award.

Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers TD is Head of Army Engagement East and explained why they decided to come on board as category sponsors.

He said: “This was a great opportunity for us to reinforce that all roles are open to everyone in the Army, with a focus on the individual and their ability. This is also a great medium to let people know the importance the Army places on sport and how the combination of fitness with a great team ethos forms part of the fabric for army life.”

The winners of each award will be decided by a team of independent judges and Colonel Spiers discussed other ways in which the army contribute to the local community.

“My team inspire young people around the county of Derbyshire, and we know that all those nominated for this award will be role models and a great inspiration to those young people also” he said.

“There are great communities and schools here in Derbyshire with strong links to sport and our local Army team is looking to work with as many as possible to help inspire them to recognise and achieve their potential. We have increased our equipment and are training new staff to help achieve our goal to ‘change the perception of a generation’ by inspiring young people.”

Nominations for this year’s awards will close on Friday 30 August and to get your nominations in visit

For more information get in touch with Bethany White at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email 

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