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Hannah Cockroft receives her award from SJA President, Patrick Collins

"God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast and when I run, I feel his pleasure."

Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire

SJA Awards

Wheelchair racer, Hannah Cockroft, was named Sportswoman of the Year at the The Sports Journalists’ Association’s Annual Awards, which were first staged in 1949 and are the oldest sports awards in Britain. The winners are chosen through a ballot of the Association’s 750 memberships which includes many of the country’s leading sports writers, photographers and broadcasters. It is the first time that a disability athlete won the main award.

Stuart was delighted by Cockcroft’s win and also to see athletics well represented among the winners. Full results:

Sportsman of the Year

1. Chris Froome
2. Anthony Joshua
3. Adam Peaty

All the prize winners

Sportswoman of the Year

1. Hannah Cockroft
2. Tammy Beaumont
3. Johanna Konta

Sports Team of the Year

1. England women’s cricket
2. Men’s 4x100m relay
3. England men’s U20 football

UKA chair, Richard Bowker with Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake

England's World Cup winning goalkeeper, Gordon Banks

Other awards:

The National Lottery Spirit of Sport Award: Kate Richardson Walsh & Helen Richardson Walsh (Hockey)
SJA President’s Award: Anya Shrubsole (Cricket)
JL Manning Award for services off the field of play: Brendan Foster (Athletics)
SJA Committee Award: Danny Cowley and Nicky Cowley (Football)
SJA World Sport Achievement Award: Bianca Walkden (Taekwondo)
SJA Bill McGowran Trophy for achievement in para sport: Alfie Hewett (Wheelchair Tennis) & Sophie Hahn (Para Athletics)
SJA Peter Wilson Trophy for international newcomer: Reece Prescod (Athletics) SJA Chairman’s Award: Howard Wilkinson (Football)
SJA Pat Besford Award for outstanding performance of the year: Men’s 4 x 100 Metre Relay Team (Athletics)

It takes a lot of treacle tarts to feed 400 journalists

Photos: Steve Rowe

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