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Elise Christie named 2017 Sportswoman of the Year

Ellie Downie and Hannah Cockroft also among winners at awards

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Elise Christie has been named as the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year

Short-track speed skater Elise Christie has been named the Sunday Times 2017 Sportswoman of the Year at Thursday night's awards ceremony in London.

The former Sky Sports Scholar capped a great year by lifting the prestigious award, having claimed three world titles in Rotterdam in March.

The 27-year-old Scot endured a tough time at the 2014 Winter Olympics but has bounced back and took her career to new heights in Rotterdam, claiming golds in the 1000m, 1500m and overall competition.

Christie emerged triumphant from a strong shortlist and the runners-up were the Taekwondo world champion Bianca Walkden and the Wimbledon semi-finalist and World No 9 Johanna Konta.

The other winners on the night included Ellie Downie, who was named the Young Sportswoman of the Year.

The 18-year-old artistic gymnast has enjoyed a very successful 2017, despite the disappointment of missing the World Championships because she was recovering after an ankle injury.

Downie had earlier won four medals at the European Championships in April, including gold in the all-around, the first British gymnast to win a major all-around title.

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The Team of the Year Award went to the England cricket squad, who provided one of the highlights of the year when they won the World Cup on home soil in the summer.

England's Anya Shrubsole (R) raises the trophy after winning the ICC Women's World Cup cricket final between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in
Image: World Cup winners England won the Team of the Year award

Heather Knight's side lost their first match of the tournament to India but bounced back to reach the knock-out stages and then defeated South Africa by two wickets in a thrilling semi-final.

And, in front of a packed crowd at Lord's, England took revenge over India in the final, recovering from a parlous position to win an enthralling encounter by nine runs.

Ellie Downie award winner at the 30th anniversary Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards
Image: Ellie Downie was named Young Sportswoman of the Year

Hannah Cockroft was named Disability Sportswoman of the Year, after another superb 12 months.

The 25-year-old wheelchair racer picked up three golds at the 2017 World Championships in London, in the T34 100m, 200m and 800m.

Anoushe Husain was the winner of the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration, Margaret Palmer claimed the Community Award and Caz Walton OBE was a deserved winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, having competed at numerous events at the Paralympics between 1964 and 1976, before going on to manage the British team.

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