Becky James named sportswoman of the year

22-year-old says award rounds off best year of her career

Becky James, who won two gold and two bronze medals at the Track world Championships in Minsk at the beginning of the year, has been named Sunday Times and Sky Sports Young Sportswoman of the year.

Golds in the keirin and sprint and bronze in the 500m time trial and team sprint at the championships in Minsk meant the 22-year-old became the first British cyclist to win four medals at a single world championship.

Currently training in Mexico, James, from Abergavenny, said: “It’s just incredible to receive the award and it rounds off the best year of my career so far and I’m proud to see the long, hard hours of training have paid off.

“There’s so many people that I owe thanks to, but in particular I’d like to thank my coaches and all the support staff at British Cycling who have helped me over the years, and also my family and friends for their constant support. I’m looking forward to building on what I’ve achieved so far, and hopefully 2014 will be another great year.” 

The sportswoman of the year award was awarded to Christine Ohuruogu.

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