Ben Stokes and Dina Asher-Smith take top prizes at SJA British Sports Awards
England’s Cricket World Cup Enthusiast Ben Stokes and world champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith have been named Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year in the SJA British Sports Awards.
Asher-Smith, that won three medals at this year’s World Athletics Championships takes the prize for another season in a row. The awards are voted for by members of the Sports Journalists’ Organization.
While Asher-Smith received more votes compared to England footballer Lucy Bronze and Lyon and fellow athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson stokes saw off competition in Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling.
After winning heptathlon gold at the World Athletics Championships johnson-Thompson, who combines Asher-Smith, Stokes, Hamilton, along with Wales rugby captain Alun Wyn Jones as nominees for Sports Personality of the Year , was awarded Outstanding Performance of the Year.
The England men’s cricket team have been known for their World Cup victory this summer as they beat Rugby World Cup finalists England along with Champions League winners Liverpool into the group of the Year trophy.
Stokes’ England team-mate Jofra Archer, who bowled in the crucial Super Over from the victory over New Zealand in July, won the Prize for International Newcomer.
Afterwards departure 3,000 winners on the flat in Britain in October whilst the SJA Committee Award was picked by horse racing trainer John Gosden OBE won the SJA President’s Award.
The Sport for Social Change Award has been acquired by Salaam Peace, an organisation which intends to work with education initiatives and sports, media as a means of bringing people together.
Sportsman of the Year: Ben Stokes (cricket)
Sportswoman of the Year: Dina Asher-Smith (athletics)
Team of the Year: England men’s cricket
JL Manning Award for Services Off the Field of Play: Tracey Neville MBE (netball)
SJA Bill McGowran Trophy for Achievement in Para Sport: Aled Davies MBE (para sports ) and Alice Tai MBE (para swimming)
SJA Chairman’s Award: Ellen White (football)
SJA Committee Award: John Gosden OBE (horse racing)
SJA Pat Besford Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year: Katarina Johnson-Thompson (sports )
SJA Peter Wilson Trophy for International Newcomer: Jofra Archer (cricket)
SJA President’s Award: John Blackie (athletics)
World Sport Achievement Award for an Outstanding Achievement Competing Internationally: Josh Warrington (boxing)
The National Lottery Spirit of Sport Award: Lizzy Yarnold OBE (skeleton)
Sport for Social Change: Salaam Peace