Well done Chrissie Wellington – the new Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year for 2009.
The Norfolk girl shrugged off stiff competition this year to win the award, which was presented in front of a 250 plus audience at the David Beckham Academy in south-east London.
Wellington recently won her third successive Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and in record time to boot! The Brit’s time of 8 hours and 54.02 minutes broke Paula Newby-Fraser’s 17-year record.
Sports people up and down the country – and the world – were there to see Wellington, who only turned pro in 2007, pick up one of the most prestigious prizes that could befall a female athlete.
The former government agency worker has groomed herself into an all conquering swimmer/cyclist/runner through admirable guts, determination and athleticism. A genuine master of all trades.
2009 has been a very productive year for Wellington, to say the least. Along with winning the world title in Hawaii, Wellington also set a new world record time of 8:31:59 at the Quelle Challenge Roth in Germany back in July. She has competed in seven races throughout 2009, winning an impressive 5.
A mention must go out to Jessica Ennis who claimed the world title, and Britain’s heart, last Summer in the Olympic Stadium, Berlin. No one would have been surprised if second placed Ennis won the award, but nothing should be taken away from Wellington’s breathtaking 2009 – simply the best!