The winners of the Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards 2017, in association with Microsoft, have been announced at a star-studded ceremony at the Troxy in East London.
Now in their third year, the #BeAGameChanger Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution that organisations and individuals make to raising the profile and participation of women’s sport.
Hosted by former England captain Sue Day and Women’s Sport Trust co-founder Jo Bostock, the awards were attended by Olympic gold medallists, England hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold and rower Anna Watkins as well as former England Rugby star Maggie Alphonsi and Olympic bronze medallist Jenny Jones.
Jo Bostock from the Women’s Sport Trust commented, “Tonight the BeGameChanger Awards provided entertaining and compelling proof that women’s sport is an unstoppable force. It’s impossible not to be optimistic about the future when you hear from winners like cricket’s Charlotte Edwards and Mel Bound, who picked up our local inspiring initiative award. Our main hope is that people are galvanised by their example and actively seek out ways to back women’s sport. The momentum is there but there is still work to do. With increased investment, more coverage and bold leadership we will change the sporting landscape for good.”
The 2017 award winners are:
SPORTING ROLE MODEL- INDIVIDUAL
Dame Sarah Storey (Paralympic Cycling)
SPORTING ROLE MODEL- TEAM
GB Women’s Hockey Team
AMBASSADOR OF WOMEN’S SPORT
Kelly Simmons MBE (Women’s Football)
SPONSOR PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR
Vitality- Together Changing Sport for Good
NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY OF THE YEAR
INSPIRING INITIATIVE- NATIONAL
Youth Sport Trust- Girls Active
INSPIRING INITIATIVE- LOCAL
This Mum Runs
MEDIA INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Red Roses (Women’s Rugby)
MEDIA INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR
Eleanor Oldroyd (BBC)
IMAGERY OF THE YEAR
PHOTOGRAPHER/ FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR
Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE (Hockey)
Charlotte Edwards CBE (Cricket)
Listen to what was said on the night here.
See photos of the event here.