Rachel Atherton

On Wednesday night, Rachel Atherton (Junior World Downhill Champ) won the Sunday Times Young Sportsw

Young Sportswoman of the Year!

On Wednesday night, Rachel Atherton (Junior World Downhill Champ) won the Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year award at a gala ceremony on the Thames River in London.

The awards, now in their 18th Year, honour outstanding achievement at every level of women's sport.

Rach was up against nominees from the more mainstream sports such as football, cricket and netball and was surprised to win. She accepted the award from Lord Sebastian Coe, who is not only a multi Olympic medallist but also Chairman of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

On her way back to Wales Rach said: I was honestly in shock. This is a real surprise. I honestly had no idea that I would win. It's a real honour to be nominated against other such impressive sports women and such high profile sports, so I'm really happy for the sport that we got noticed this way. They showed footage of me racing in Fort William and then Lord Coe commented how different I looked all dressed up for the awards and not in my race kit! He was really interested in the sport and asked me lots of questions.

In addition to the bunch of roses, Rachel was given a heavy crystal trophy for her achievement. With her for the awards was her Mum Andrea, and boyfriend Neil 'The Don' Donoghue.

Well Done Rach!

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