Charlotte Dujardin nominated for sportswoman of the year

  • Charlotte Dujardin has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the year.

    The dual gold medal-winning Olympic rider was named sportswoman of the year last year at the awards, and has been shortlisted once again.

    Charlotte is up against road cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, mountain biker Rachel Atherton, heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, Bianca Walkden from taekwondo and skeleton race Lizzy Yarnold.

    Following the Olympics, and last year’s World Equestrian Games gold Charlotte has enjoyed yet another successful year, claiming double gold at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Aachen with Valegro.

    The Gloucestershire-based rider currently holds freestyle and special titles at Olympic, European and world level.

    The awards, now in their 28th year, have led the way in recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite performers, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational women.

    The winners will be announced on Friday 6 November. The awards will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky 1.

    Previous winners of the main award, the coveted Sportswoman of the Year accolade, include Sally Gunnell, Denise Lewis, Dame Kelly Holmes, Zara Phillips, Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Christine Ohuruogu.

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    Last year Charlotte became the third horsewoman to win the main Sportswoman award — after Pippa Funnell (2003) and Zara Phillips (2005).

    The 2014 runner up was Sochi Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold and third place was middle-distance runner Jo Pavey, the 10,000m European champion.

    Last year Charlotte also finished third in the race to become BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

    Charlotte was last seen by fans in New York, giving a demonstration aboard Renaissance Tyme at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. She was due to compete Valegro, but due to his tough summer schedule it was decided that it was not in the horse’s best interests to travel to the US

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