December 08.2016

siobhan

Siobhan Marie O’Connor has been crowned the Young Sportswoman of the Year at the prestigious Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards in London.

The 21-year-old swimmer was recognised for her heroic efforts at the Rio 2016 Olympics, where she smashed the British 200m individual medley record, missing out on a gold medal by a mere fingertip. 

Siobhan, who was nominated for the same award last year, also this year won a silver medal at the European Aquatics Championships.

“When I look back there were some very tough times which were obviously made completely worth it by winning a medal in Rio,” Siobhan said after receiving the award.

“It was incredible to be a part of the atmosphere in the Team GB camp, as well the Swimming team. It was our most successful team in 100 years and it was amazing to be a part of it, as well as to make some history.” 

Catie Munnings (motorsport), Ellie Robinson (swimming) and Amy Tinkler (artistic gymnastics) were the other nominees.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny was named the Sportswoman of the Year, ahead of Nicola Adams (boxing), Charlotte Dujardin (equestrianism) and Johanna Konta (tennis).

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