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Ohuruogu named 2013 Sportswoman of the Year

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Christine Ohuruogu has been named as the 2013 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony at the Sky Studios in London.

The 29-year-old from Newham took the prestigious trophy following a fantastic year that saw her win gold in the 400 metres at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

The feat made her the first British female ever to win two World Athletics Championships titles and Ohuruogu admitted she was delighted to win the award. 

"I am shocked but I am really happy now,” said Ohuruogu.

"It's such a hard category which is really great.

"It means we have women who are excelling and doing so much better than people expect us to do.”

Cyclist Becky James came second, while triathlete Non Stanford was placed third.

The list also included world skeleton champion Shelley Rudman, double Olympic equestrian gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and England cricketer Heather Knight.

James may have been edged out by Ohuruogu for the overall award but she claimed top honours in the Young Sportswoman of the Year category.

The 22-year-old from Abergavenny is the current world sprint and keirin champion after beating Germany's Kristina Vogel to win her first world gold medal earlier this year. 

In the Team of the Year Award, voted for by readers of the Sunday Times and Sky Sports viewers, England's netball side were rewarded for a superb season that saw them claim 11 victories from 12 international matches.

They secured series whitewashes over South Africa and Jamaica, as well as an historic 3-0 win over reigning world champions Australia.

The Disability Sports Person of the Year accolade went to 15-year-old swimmer Amy Marren, who won four gold medals and two silvers at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.

Marren was victorious in the S9 100m butterfly and the SM9 200m individual medley, and was also part of the 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay teams that won gold.

Rimla Akhtar's excellent work as chair of the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation was recognised with the Community Award.

Akhtar has worked tirelessly to encourage and support Muslim women who want to take up sport by providing female-only training sessions and coaching programmes.

"For me it is important the foundation is recognised,” said Akhtar.

"As far as I am concerned, I am just serving the women and girls across the country.”
Two individual achievement awards were also presented.

The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration went to former British rower Sarah Winckless, who won a bronze medal in the double sculls at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was world champion in the following two years.

Winckless has been a tireless campaigner for Huntington's Disease charities after being told in 1997 she will develop the condition at some point and there is no known way of preventing its onset.

Meanwhile, Sarah Springman's achievements in the world of triathlon and biathlon were recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Springman represented Great Britain at the elite level from 1983 to 1993 and amassed 21 elite ETU European Championship medals in both disciplines.

Since retiring, she has taken an active role in the administration and promotion of the sport.
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