GB Short Track Speed Skater Elise Christie has had her sporting achievements recognised at the prestigious Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.
Taking place in London this evening, Elise was able to attend in person ahead of travelling to Asia to prepare for the 3rd and 4th Olympic Qualifying events this November.
The award recognition follows Elise’s success at the 2017 ISU Short Track World Championships where she made history by winning three titles, the 1500m, 1000m and overall title. Not only was Elise the first British woman to achieve a title at the World Championships but it was a first for a European woman. Elise also holds the World Record in the 500m event.
Alongside Elise, the top-six shortlist for the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year award 2017 included the following: Elinor Barker (track cycling), Tammy Beaumont (cricket), Johanna Konta (tennis), Jodie Taylor (football) and Bianca Walkden (taekwondo).
Previous winners of the award include Laura Kenny, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Charlotte Dujardin, Sally Gunnell, Dame Kelly Holmes, Denise Lewis, Christine Ohuruogu, Victoria Pendleton and Zara Tindall.
After winning the award tonight Elise said,
“It’s incredible to win this award, I didn’t even expect to be nominated. To have my achievements recognised in this way alongside past winners like Jessica Ennis-Hill and Laura Kenny is amazing for me and my sport. Like all the finalists tonight I’ve worked so hard to reach my goals and so I’d like to congratulate all the others.
Thank you to my family, my national team, Sky, UK Sport and National Lottery who have helped me achieve my dreams and overcome difficult times. I’m now looking forward to finishing my preparations for the Olympic Games in 2018. I’d love to go out there and win for everyone who has supported me”
The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2017 in association with Vitality are amongst the most prestigious and influential in the British sporting calendar and are supported by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Sport, Sport England and Women in Sport.
Elise will continue her Olympic Qualifying campaign this November, following a strong start at World Cups 1 and 2 in Europe, where all the GB ladies individual spots for the Olympic Games in 2018 have been secured.
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Audi ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating/Olympic Qualifiers
28th Sept - 1st Oct Budapest, Hungary
5th Oct - 8th Oct Dordrecht, Netherlands
9th Nov - 12th Nov Shanghai, China
16th Nov - 19th Nov Seoul, Republic of Korea