Female athletes dominate the 2019 Wales Sports Personality of the Year Nominees

Currently organized by BBC Cymru, the Wales Sports personality of the year is a sporting competition broadcasted annually on BBC Two. After a trial in 2002, this competition includes public voting instead of the decision being reached within the competition. In 2019, the competition winner will be unveiled at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019.

This year, female athletes dominated the Wales Sports Personality of year, with only one out of eight athletes being male. However, voting for the eight nominated athletes was closed on Sunday ahead of the event on Tuesday.

Here are all the female nominees of the Wales Sports Personality of the year award:

  1. Menna Fitzpatrick (Para-alpine skiing)

At 21 years and visually impaired, Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe have been trailblazing with success at the Para-alpine World Championships this year. The pair took a bronze, two silvers, and two golds during the event, which was jointly hosted by Slovenia and Italy. As a result, the two became the first British skiers to claim both the World and Paralympic titles.

  1. Hollie Arnold (Javelin Para-athletics)

An F46 javelin Paralympic champion, Hollie Arnold took her fourth consecutive title in the Para-Athletics Championship held in Dubai. The 25-year-old Welsh athlete threw 44.73m, recording a new Championship record. Arnold also attended the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics in Beijing and London, respectively, but without the podium finish. However, she took gold at the Rio 2018 Summer Paralympics competition.

  1. Lauren Price (boxing)

A former football player and kickboxing champion, Lauren Price was the first female boxer to win the World Championship title in Wales. Initially, the middleweight boxing gold medal was given to the Dutch fighter, Nouchka Fontijn, though the second round was rescored unanimously in Lauren’s favor during the second round.

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  1. Elinor Barker (Cycling)

Barker proved her world-class pedigree when she won gold in the scratch race at this year’s UCI Track Cycling World Championship in Poland. The 25-year-old was also part of Team Great Britain’s women’s pursuit quartet, which took home a silver medal. Elinor later added to her collection by claiming gold at the Track World Cup, as part of the women’s team pursuit and also won silver in the Madison.

  1. Hannah Mills (sailing)

Mills and her sailing partner Eilidh Mclntyre, won gold at the 470 Class World Championship events in Enoshima, Japan, during the summer, racing on the waters that will host the 2020 Olympic regatta. The duo returned to Estonia in under two weeks scoop silver in the Olympic test competition.

  1. Jade Jones (taekwondo)

Being a Welsh Taekwondo Athlete representing Wales and Great Britain, Jade Jones secured her first world title in Manchester. The 26-year-old Taekwondo Champion secured her world record earlier this year, after beating the defending champion, Lee Ah-reum. Additionally, Jade claimed her first Olympic gold medal in Taekwondo for Britain in 2012, when she was the reigning Youth Olympic champion.

  1. Sabrina Fortune (Para-athletics)

Born in 1997, Sabrina Fortune is a British Paralympic field and track athlete in Wales. Fortune competes in the F20 throwing category, where she won her first world title during the 2019 Para-athletics World Championships in Dubai. She beat her original personal record of 13.70m after her last throw, where she recorded 13.91m, snatching the gold from the Ukranian Anastasiia Mysnyk.

Fortune started being interested in athletics after seeing her brother compete. She then joined a club at 11 years in 2008, where she began competing at local meetups and took part during the Paralympic school games staged in Sau Paulo in 2014. During the event, Fortune took gold in shot put and also won her first IPC Grand Prix event in the same year.

Other Categories 

Apart from celebrating the very best of elite sport in the country, the Wales Sport Awards acknowledge the organizations’ individuals and sporting experiences that are holding the nation at a grassroots level. That includes events showcasing the power of sports and individuals taking part in competitions against all the odds.

The categories for nominations include:

  • The best sports story– a new award to acknowledge a moment that has put the sport in the map in Welsh communities over the last year.
  • Inspiring Person– new award to recognize a person who achieved something impressive in sport in the face of misfortune, a person who goes above and beyond to encourage others to realize great things or a person who participates in sports against all the odds.
  • Getting Wales active– the award celebrates someone or something that has helped games in Wales to grow and for more people take part in – and enjoy – physical activity.

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