There was double delight for Team England athletes as Dina Asher-Smith and the Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning netball team were announced as winners at last night’s Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year awards.
Following their historic golden moment in Australia, the Roses were named as the Team of the Year before Asher-Smith drew the ceremony to a close receiving the Sportswoman of the Year award.
It caps a remarkable year for the 22-year-old sprinter won bronze in the women’s 200m and gold in the 4x100m relay at this year’s Commonwealth Games ,while also becoming a triple gold medallist at the European Championships in Berlin.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the awards Asher-Smith said: “I definitely didn’t expect to win this award, especially as there are so many phenomenal and talented athletes in this country. It feels absolutely amazing, it’s an honour.
“2017 was a difficult year, I broke my foot. I was very proud to come back from that but I didn't achieve the goals I wanted for that season.
"I worked really hard to make sure 2018 was a far better year and it was."
In being announced as the Sportswoman of the Year, Asher-Smith follows in the footsteps of former Team England athletes to have won the award including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Paula Radcliffe and Denise Lewis.
Also among the Team England nominees at last night’s awards were Sophie Hahn, Alice Tai, Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott and Vicky Holland.