British Army Sports Awards 2017: Sportswoman of the Year nominees

Sportswomen in the British Army have had an incredible year, with an impressive range of successes from multi-stage sports to martial arts but here, Forces Network takes a look at those in the running for the Sportswoman of the Year award in the 2017 Army Sports Awards.

Sergeant Becky Hoare  - Triathlon

 

British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee Becky Hoare

Becky Hoare's been at the top her game since 2009, when she received her first regimental posting. 

She still holds the Ironman UK record in the 19-25 age group, set in 2010 when she finished fifth at the Ironman World Championship.

She excels in all three elements of triathlon, with notable successes on the bike.

Perhaps her biggest success this year was at the latest Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, where she was crowned world military champion.

At corps level she's the first woman the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) turns to for sport, especially in cycling and cross country, and is now a Level 1 British triathlon coach.

As ever, Becky is putting things back into her sport for the benefit of her fellow athletes.

Corporal Sarah Hawkes - Judo

 

British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee Sarah Hawkes

Sarah's total commitment to her sport goes much further than her role as a top-ranking competitor backed by TASS, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.

In full-time training at the British Judo Association centre of excellence with the GB squad, she's had considerable success this year nationally while also competing in Europe, notably in Slovenia and Poland.

As captain of the UK Armed Forces (UKAF) judo team, she's also building up her coaching badges and is already one of the few Level 2 British judo coaches. 

Added to this she promotes judo as the UKAF's women's representative. This year she ran the first-ever female-only UKAF judo training camp at RAF Cosford.

She hopes to further excel in 2018...

Captain Elizabeth-Jane Harris - Cycling

 

British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee Elizabeth-Jane Harris
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EJ has earned the nickname 'the Army's flying doctor' - and for very good reason.

She's had an amazing few years in the saddle, juggling her medical duties at Pirbright with her racing, where she's established a great reputation in Dame Sarah Storey's Podium Ambition team.

But when she was diagnosed with cancer in August last year, EJ was unsure whether she'd ride a bike again, let alone race one.

She fought on though, and after getting the all-clear she defied expectations by resuming training as early as the beginning of this year in the Storey Racing Squad.

That grit, determination and massive talent staggeringly culminated in her selection for Team GB at the UCI WorldTour RideLondon Classique, the richest one-day race in women's professional cycling.

This year she's built up an impressive portfolio of victories on the road and in time trials, where she's emerged 10th in the country and become top national amateur.

EJ is an inspiration to young riders and her determination to succeed despite cancer has inspired everyone in her sport.

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