Sheffield golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill has been crowned Sportswoman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Award (BEDSA).
The Award comes off the back of an amazing 2015 for the Olympic gold medallist, who won her second world heptathlon title just 13 months after giving birth to her first child, Reggie.
Jess said: "I am very honoured to have won the SE Leaderboard Sportswoman of the Year. It is always good to feel that what I do as an athlete can in someway influence others to get involved in sport in someway. Sport has played a great part in shaping who I am and has taught me a lot about coping with life’s ups and downs, but above all it has given me some amazing opportunities”.
The star studded awards event were held at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, and were attended by sports personalities from across the country including IBF Super middleweight boxing champion James DeGale, former England Football International Sol Campbell and England Women’s Football International Eni Aluko.
Jess was selected by a panel of expert judges including Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE, former West Bromwich Albion favourite Brendon Batson OBE and fomer international athletes Derek Redmond and Jason Gardener MBE.
Arun Kang, Chief Executive Officer of Sporting Equals who founded the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards said: “Jess Ennis-Hill has been a household name for quite some time due to her outstanding sporting performances over the years, but her achievements in 2015 topped the list and she was an obvious winner of our SE Leaderboard Sportswoman of the Year Award. Congratulations to Jess!”
The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) was established by Sporting Equals in 2015, to celebrate sporting excellence within BME communities and help inspire the next generation.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Youth Sport Trust Young Sports Person of the Year: Easah Suliman
Jaguar Unsung Hero: Raza Sadiq
University of Leicester Special Recognition Award: Paul Elliott
The Professional Footballers Association Coach of the Year: Siva Ramasamy
UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year: Rachel Choong
Sport England Community Sports Project: Swim Dem Crew
Tennis Foundation Special Recognition Award: Rashida Salloo
Sporting Equals Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Bruno
SE Leaderboard Sportswoman of the Year: Jess Ennis-Hill
Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year: Lewis Hamilton