2015 SPORTS AWARDS - SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Triathletes do well but watch out for the kick-boxing brigade

World duathlon champion Claire Steels.
World duathlon champion Claire Steels.
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Next up in the 2015 Peterborough Telegraph Sports Awards is the category for Sportswoman of the Year.

Those included in our list of contenders are merely suggestions and that’s all they are. The choice is entirely down to you.

European triathlon champion Georgina Jennings.

European triathlon champion Georgina Jennings.

The top three in each category when voting closes on January 15 2016 will be invited to the annual awards bash at the Cresset on January 29 when the winners will be announced and the sponsors will present the trophies.


(sponsored by Moore Steel Development)

Triathletes could well dominate the voting in the Sportswoman of the Year category.

World kick-boxing champions Bethany and Lianne Jones.

World kick-boxing champions Bethany and Lianne Jones.

Lauren Steadman, Georgina Jennings and Claire Steels have all enjoyed a year to savour.

Steadman (24), from Sawtry, who represented Great Britain in swimming at the Beijing and London Paralympics, is well on the way to making it three games on the trot only this time in the triathlon.

Triathlon will be making its debut at the 2016 Paralympics and Steadman will be going for gold after quickly establishing herself as the British number one.

In 2014 she won the European title in Madrid and then took the gold medal at the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada.

Moore Steel Developments Ltd are sponsoring this award.

Moore Steel Developments Ltd are sponsoring this award.

This year she continued her build-up to the Rio Paralympics as she reclaimed her London World Series Para-triathlon title in May and then won the European title for a third year running in Geneva.

Claire Steels, a member of Bourne Town Harriers and a former City of Peterborough ladies hockey star, only took up the duathlon (a sport that comes under the triaithlon banner) 10 months ago, but in October won a world title.

The 28 year-old self-employed personal trainer struck gold in the ladies’ 25-29 year-old age group at the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Sprint Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

There was also a World Championship medal for Peterborough Triathlon Club (PACTRAC) veteran Georgina Jennings in 2015.

The 70 year-old claimed the silver medal in the 70-75 age group at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Chicago and that came on the back of a gold medal in the European Championships in Geneva. She was also a British champion.

Kick-boxing as usual supplies us with a handful of formidable contenders - and three of them are sisters.

Bethany, Lianne and Becky Jones, who now run their own club called Peterborough JAMA, all won world titles in 2015, while Gaynor Morgan, last year’s Sportswoman of the Year, had another superb year.

The Immortal 365 club coach successfully defended her Over 66kg semi-contact and light contact titles in Portugal in May at the ISKA World Championships and did the same at the WKKC World Championships in Orlando, Florida, in November.

Three athletes worth a mention are the Nene Valley Harriers trio of Philippa Taylor, Andrea Jenkins and Tracy McCartney.

Taylor (47) won 25 road races in 2015, including the Gran Canaria Marathon and the British Masters Half-Marathon, and in her age group she was ranked in the top five in the UK over eight distances ranging from 1500m to the marathon.

McCartney finished first out of 484 brave ladies who tackled the gruelling Snowdonia Marathon. She clocked 3:08:44 on a course with over 3,000 feet of climbing.

Jenkins (40) is a thrower and she won a full set of medals at the British Masters Championships including golds in the hammer and weight and finished fourth in the World Pentathlon Championships in Lyon, France.

Elsewhere city ice hockey player Kim Lane represented Great Britain at Under 18 and senior level, and Peterborough City Rowing Club’s Camilla Plumb won a British title.


Lauren Steadman

Won the ITU World title in 2015 and the ETU European Championships for a third year running in Geneva.

Gaynor Morgan

World kick-boxing champion for the fourth year running.

Lianne Jones

Double world kick-boxing champion in Portugal.

Bethany Jones

World kick-boxing champion in Portugal and America. Also a European champion.

Becky Jones

World kick-boxing champion in Portugal.

Chelsea Munday

Two world and two British kick-boxing titles.

Andrea Jenkins

Nene Valley Harrier who won two gold medals in throwing events at the British Masters Championships.

Alex Banham

Won the Elton Furze ladies championship for the eighth time. The two-handicapper fired rounds of 71 and 77.

Kim Lane

City ice hockey player who played for Great Britain at the World Under 18 and World Senior Championships.

Atlanta Hickman

Hicks Karate School instructor who won two gold medals at the British Kick-Boxing Championships. In 2015 she won over 25 gold medals.

Abbi Kendall

Benwick angler helped England to sixth place in the World Championships in Belgium.

Georgina Jennings

Veteran triathlete who won British and European titles and came second in the World Championships in Chicago. Named Female Age Group Triathlete of the Year.

Ella De Lucis

Stanground hurdler who won Eastern Counties titles indoors and out - the two outdoor ones with new championship best performances. Also won a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles at the English Schools Championships and finished the season ranked eighth in the UK in the Under 20 100m hurdles.

Camilla Plumb

Peterborough City Rowing Club star who won a gold medal at the British Indoor Championships.

Sarah Newson

Top bowler from the city’s Parkway club who won four titles at the Northants County Championships.

Philippa Taylor

Road-running ace from Nene Valley Harriers who won 25 races in 2015 including the British Masters Half-Marathon. Ranked in the top five in the UK over eight distances.

Claire Steels

World duathlon champion and helped City of Peterborough Ladies Hockey Club to a promotion.

Chloe Hannam

COPS swimmer who won two silver medals and a bronze at the British Championships.

Tracy McCartney

Nene Valley Harrier won the Snowdonia Marathon.


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