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Asher-Smith crowned BT Sport Action Women of the Year

Dina Asher-Smith was crowned BT Sport’s Action Women of the Year, marking her monumental achievements at the European Athletics Championships where she won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.

The holder of multiple British track records was a heavy favourite to win the prize which celebrates women’s accomplishments in sport throughout the year.

Asher-Smith expressed her shock in winning the award, saying: “To think that I am your Action Women of the Year is just incredible.”

The sprint star, who ended the season at the top of the 100m and 200m world rankings, added: “I never thought I’d be the fastest in the world, it’s crazy, it’s like a dream.”

Striving

Footballers Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze were also nominated but were unable to attend the ceremony due to the inaugural Ballon D’or taking place on the same night.

The England netball team’s success was recognised at the Action Woman Awards

Other nominees included Lizzy Yarnold who celebrated another Olympic gold in the skeleton bobsleigh this year, golfer Georgia Hall, triathlete Vicky Holland, cycling queen Laura Kenny and the Paralympic skiers Jen Kehoe and Menna Fitzpatrick.

The England netball team beat Chelsea FC and Asher-Smith’s teammates from the 4x100m race to win the Team of the Year award after they secured the Commonwealth title in dramatic fashion, literally with the last throw of the game.

Former England striker Michael Owen presented them with the award. As they got a picture together he joked “I’m the mascot” because of his height in comparison to the netballers.

Captain Ama Agbeze said: “We really appreciate the support that we’ve got, and we love inspiring not just women and girls but actually men and boys too. We’re grateful for England Netball and the what they’ve done for us.

“There’s a number of people in the Roses programme that didn’t get to go the Commonwealth Games. As people know, sport is tough and there’s lots of people striving to be there, so these girls are representing not just Roses netballers but netballers [throughout] England, and we just wanted to thank everyone for their support.”

Dedication

The ceremony was presented by Clare Balding who opened the night by saying: ‘The awards celebrate all that is wonderful about women in sport.”

She led the tributes to Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who was given the lifetime achievement award, not only her success on the track as a wheelchair racer but for her dedication to charity work and the guiding influence she gives to the next generation of Paralympic athletes.

‘The event was hailed as a great evening for championing women and their sporting exploits’

“Throughout the year there have been countless stand-out team and individual performances with truly astounding women leading the way in sport,” said Balding.

The evening didn’t only celebrate female athletes but also felt women’s achievements in general, with ranking female guests from the RAF in attendance along with many others that work in broadcasting and print journalism.

In the past few years, since BT Sport began purchasing more sports rights in the UK, it has made a concerted effort to aim for more equality in their coverage, not only behind the scenes but also in front of the camera.

Its Saturday afternoon football results show The Score has several female presenters including, Jules Breach, Becky Ives and Reshmin Chowdhury.

Although the main award was a great birthday present for Asher-Smith, who turned 23 this week, the event itself was hailed as a great evening for championing women and their sporting exploits.

Photos courtesy of BT Sport. For more information on The Action Woman Awards, click here.

Day in the life – Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith was named British Young Sports Woman of the Year in 2015, and for good reason.

At the age of 20, the Team GB sprinter is the fastest British woman in history. The 2014 Junior World 100m champion and 2013 Junior European 200m gold medallist now holds the UK records at both distances.

Originally from Orpington in Kent, she is currently combining top-level athletics with studying for a degree at Kings College London. She runs for Blackheath and Bromley Harriers.

Her main ambition for 2016 is to compete successfully at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Here she talks about her daily routine.

What time do you wake up and why?

It changes day to day! Normally it ranges between 7 and 8am depending on how early my lectures are on that day, but I don’t normally stay in bed for too long anyway. So many things to do!

What do you have for breakfast and why?

I normally have either yoghurt and granola and a banana, or scrambled eggs and maybe some chorizo or spinach – either one with a glass of water. I have it because I obviously like the taste of them – ha,ha! –  and because they’re relatively healthy and provide me with the energy I need for the rest of the morning.

What’s your morning training regime and how does it affect everything else you have to do before lunch?

Since I have lectures most days in the morning, I only do morning sessions on Wednesday and Saturday. I kind of prefer morning sessions, because it’s another thing ticked off your list and then you can get on with the rest of the day.

What is your motivation when the training becomes difficult?

I take most of my motivation from my training partners. I’m fortunate to be in a both friendly and amazingly talented group, so we have loads of fun at training and bounce off each other. We are all quite resilient; we understand that training becomes difficult but also know that you have to push through the hard bits if you really want to improve.

What do you do for the rest of the day?

Well if its a uni morning, then I will spend a few hours in the library, then go home, have a snack, nap and then train! If I’ve trained in the morning then I usually spend most of the afternoon in the library.

What do you have for lunch and why?

My lunch varies, as at lunchtime I am 9 times out of 10 in central London, so I’m buying food there. I’m so grateful for so many healthy food chains that have popped up recently that I’m spoilt for choice! I just eat whatever I fancy – as long as its healthy and high protein of course.

How busy is the normal day for you, and how much does athletics impact your daily schedule?

My days are really really busy, athletics impacts my day to day life a lot! It makes it fun and enjoyable, but also sometimes hectic! My uni friends are always laughing at me because unless I have something fixed in my diary, I’m usually impossible to pin down.

How tired are you at the end of the day?

Funnily enough I’m normally not that tired at night, so I tend to do some more work then or chat to my friends. I think it’s because I nap during the day and I’ve been busy like this for many years, so I’m used to running around.

What do you have for dinner and why?

I have whatever my parents make, if I have training that night, or I nose around in the fridge! Dinners are, again, always healthy and often focussed around high protein and vegetable content. My mum and dad are really good at making dinners healthy.

When you can’t fall asleep at night, what do you do?

I listen to some soft music or I start thinking about all the stuff I have to do the next day! That’s more than enough to put me to sleep -ha, ha!

Photo credit: Mark Robinson