Judging at the Sports Women of the Year Awards


Lord's cricket ground Last week I went off to the lunch at which the Sunday Times Sports Women of the Year awards are announced. It's held at Lord's cricket ground in London, and that's where I met with a team of judges to decide on who should receive the honours.

Lunch at Lord's cricket ground

We discussed the merits of all the nominees while sat in the architectural award-winning media centre, which was made by boat-wrights rather than builders, and sits high above the cricket pitch on a single stilt. You get a great view of the cricket ground – the view the journalists enjoy when they cover the matches. But it seemed a bit eerie with no one else there.

I've been judging these awards for about 12 years now, and I really enjoy the heated debates we get into whilst coming up with what we feel is the right result.

The different categories

There are several categories, so it's not just the main Sportswoman award, but also Young Sportswoman, Paralympian and Team of the Year. Other categories included are PE Teacher, Community Club volunteer and Unsung Hero, which I'm really proud to say my mum won in 1983 for her unpaid services to Modern Pentathlon. It's great that people behind the scenes are recognised, as well as the winners that give sports fans so much pleasure.

We also gave a prize called the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration. It's in memory of Helen who was one of the first women to work as a BBC sports presenter and who led the quest to feature Paralympics on the BBC. She was also one of the judges for the Sunday Times awards. Sadly, she died of cancer ten years ago.

As always, the Awards Lunch was a glamorous affair, with footage of the winners' exploits and lots of emotional stories and speeches. With such a successful Olympic Games last year, and plenty more besides, there was lots to celebrate – I made sure I wore my waterproof mascara! 

What do you think of our choices?

You might have read about our final choices in last weekend's Sunday Times. I'd love to hear from you about whether you agree with our decisions, or do you think we got it all wrong?! Do let me know, although I'm away this half term so I'll have to wait to read your thoughts. See you for the Morning Show on the 24th.

Until then, do take care.


1 Comment

  1. F J August 27, 2009 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    When are you going back to the old hairstyle Cathy, really liked the old one, and also the specs. ! Somehow you looked more like the rest of us ! But perhaps thats what you dont want to look like ! Great to see you whatever.

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