The shortlist of finalists for the 2014 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards has been confirmed – and the British public have the opportunity to vote for the leading female sports team of this year.
Now in their 27th year, the Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite performers, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational female figures.
On the evening of Wednesday 19 November, the Awards will be broadcast live on Sky Sports for the second successive year.
Readers of the Sunday Times and Sky Sports viewers can get involved by voting online for their Team of the Year. A four-team shortlist has been drawn up to celebrate the achievements of Britain’s successful collective efforts.
Head to www.skysports.com/sportswomenteamvote to cast your vote
The online voting process will close at midday on Tuesday November 11, 2014 and the categories are as follows:
Team of the Year 2014 shortlist
England cricket team
Led superbly by captain Charlotte Edwards, the England cricket team retained the women’s Ashes following a 10-8 points victory over Australia. This summer the World T20 finalists beat India 2-0 in the ICC Women's Championship and completed a 3-0 T20 win over South Africa.
England rugby union team
Having lost in the previous three finals, England made amends this year by lifting the rugby World Cup for the first time in 20 years. They beat Canada 21-9 in Paris with top scorer Emily Scarratt playing a starring role in the final.
Great Britain 4x100m athletics relay squad
Britain’s leading female sprinters were one of the sporting success stories this summer. They became European champions in Zurich, won bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealths behind Jamaica and Nigeria – and twice broke the 34-year national 4x100m record.
Rowers Helen Glover & Heather Stanning
The London Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning resumed their partnership this year and once again it proved to be a winning combination with record-breaking consequences. The long-term rowing partners blitzed the coxless pairs field at the World Championship in Amsterdam in August.
After four weeks of public nominations, an independent panel of judges met on the morning of Tuesday 21 October to select the respective shortlists for this year's awards. Winners of the seven awards will be announced at the ceremony.
The shortlist of finalists for 2014
THE SUNDAY TIMES & SKY SPORTS SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Charlotte Dujardin (Equestrian)
Fran Halsall (Swimming)
Laura Massaro (Squash)
Jo Pavey (Athletics)
Joanna Rowsell (Track cycling)
Lizzy Yarnold (Skeleton)
YOUNG SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR (21 years or younger)
Dina Asher-Smith (Athletics)
Claudia Fragapane (Artistic gymnastics)
Morgan Lake (Athletics)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (Swimming)
DISABILITY SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Libby Clegg (Athletics)
Kelly Gallagher & guide Charlotte Evans (Alpine skiing)
Stephanie Slater (Swimming)
Jordanne Whiley (Wheelchair tennis)
Emma Brown (Member of Hat-Trick Project, Newcastle)
Sue Frett (Founder of Surrey branch of the Special Olympics GB)
Esther Matthews (Coach at Green Star Canoe Club, Doncaster)
Nicole Napier (Sports activities team leader, activeNewham, East London)
Winners of the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and the HELEN ROLLASON AWARD FOR INSPIRATION will be announced on the evening.
The Sportswomen of the Year Awards are also supported by the Sunday Times Wine Club, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Sport, Sport England and the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation.
On Sky Sports News HQ at 11:30am every Tuesday, the Sportswomen programme will cover the latest news, views, analysis and feature interviews with athletes and respected figures from the world of women's sport.