The England Ladies’ team have been awarded the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Award.
Presented to them by former England International Rio Ferdinand, the Lionesses were given the award after their most successful World Cup in history; finishing third after beating rivals Germany 1-0 in the third-place play-off in Canada last summer.
Mark Simpson’s side captured the hearts of the nation, beating Norway and Canada in the knockout stages thanks to goals from Sports Personality of the Year nominee Lucy Bronze before being knocked out by Japan in the semi-final.
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The Lionesses' captain, Steph Houghton said: “We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and has supported us throughout such an incredible year and we hope we can bring our fans more successes in the future.”
“We are thrilled to be receiving the BT Sport Action Woman Award, not just for us as a team, but for women’s football as a whole.”
The England Ladies Hockey team finished second after becoming European Champions earlier this year. Led by Karen Brown, England Hockey came from 2-0 down against the Netherlands, bringing it back to 2-2 to put the game to penalties.
Despite England’s poor history in penalty shootouts, the ladies hockey team were far more convincing than the male footballers, winning 3-1.
Rachel Atherton finished third after winning her third World downhill biking championship, beating last year’s champion and fellow British rider Manon Carpenter.
Athletes including World champion Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, boxer Nicola Adams and tennis player Johanna Konta were also nominated for the prize.
It has been a terrific year for women’s sport in Britain, with many arguing that they have surpassed their male compatriots.
“After another fantastic year of sport for Britain’s female athletes, any of these women would be worthy winners of this award, but what the Lionesses achieved for their sport is remarkable,” said BT Sport presenter Clare Balding.
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