Watch The Action Woman of the Year Awards on BT Sport 1 on Wednesday December 10 at 7.30pm

The public have been voting and the winner of the second edition of BT Sport's Action Woman of the Year Award will be announced next week.

2014 has been another incredible year for Britain's sportswomen and the shortlist of nominees is bursting with talented individuals who have produced dynamic sporting performances.

Each nominee has a supporter from the world of sport or entertainment who has been especially dazzled by their achievements this year.

The winner will succeed last year's victor, Downhill Mountain Biking star Rachel Atherton, as Action Woman of the Year.

Voting is now closed. Clare Balding will present the trophy to the winner during a star-studded awards ceremony at BT Sport's Olympic Park studios, which you can see broadcast on BT Sport 1 on Wednesday December 10th at 7.30pm.

Find out more about each nominee's sensational feat below. For full voting terms and conditions, click here.

CHARLOTTE EDWARDS
England Women’s Cricket Captain
@lottie2323

Charlotte Edwards' hundred helped England to a series win over India

When the potato farmer’s daughter made her debut at Lord's 18 years ago, women were not allowed in the Long Room unless they were players, cleaners or the Queen. Now Edwards, 34, is a Wisden Cricketer of the Year (only the second woman to be nominated for the prestigious accolade) and the scorer of more ODI and T20I runs than any other England player (man or woman) in the annals of the game. In 2014, she led England to a back-to-back Ashes win in Hobart with a blistering 92 off 59 balls  - the fastest captain’s innings in Ashes history - beating off a determined Aussie comeback and exhaustion from stressed sleepless nights.

Her Test Average (45.69) is up there with is up there with Graham Gooch, Alastair Cook and Colin Cowdrey, while under her enlightened stewardship this year, the leading England players have become full-time professionals and England women’s cricket has earned its first breakthrough stand-alone sponsorship deal with car company Kia. A batting phenomenon. A cultural icon.

Supported by: Pamela Cookey - England netball captain

"I feel so privileged to stand alongside Charlotte and to be able to know the person behind the name and the successes on the field of play.

"As a fellow captain, I know the amazing highs and the challenging lows that come with the job, and I think she is a great role model to current and future athletes. A true leader by example."

JO PAVEY
European 10,000m gold medallist
@jopavey

Jo Pavey celebrates European Championship gold

“Rather amusing” were the words Jo Pavey, a mother-of-two, fast-approaching her 41st birthday, in the third decade of her career and only 11 months on from giving birth to her second child, chose to describe her first major title.

The sporting world, meanwhile, found her European 10,000m gold not so much amusing as extraordinary. After clinching a memorable 5,000m bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Pavey’s comeback continued in Zurich 10 days later as she beat France’s Clemence Calvin – 16 years her junior – over the finish line to become the oldest female champion in the competition’s 80-year history at the age of 40 years and 325 days.

The Devon-based runner, a four-time Olympian who first graced the international scene back in 1997, gave a master class in tactics, waiting until the last lap to slip into the lead before choosing the perfect moment to kick away from Calvin on the final bend and power down the home straight.

Pavey’s husband and coach, Gavin, had witnessed every step of her comeback first-hand; from being crowned British champion in May, just a month after she stopped breastfeeding, to her battling display in Glasgow, but even he admitted to being “shocked and gobsmacked” as his wife crossed the line in Switzerland, with her four-year-old son, Jacob, and 11-month-old daughter Emily cheering on their mum from the stands.

Supported by: Britain's 4x100m relay team

Jodie Williams said: “Jo is an inspiration to us all, at both Commonwealths and Europeans the whole team sat down and watched her runs together cheering her all the way. She's always there if you need to chat about anything and has some great words of wisdom!”

CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN
World, Olympic, European, World Cup Dressage Champion
@CSJDujardin

Winning combination: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

She became known as the ‘girl on the dancing horse’ at the 2012 Olympics and since then has amassed prestigious records and global titles like pony club rosettes. The formidable partnership between Dujardin and her spectacular horse, Valegro, is one of the most successful in dressage history. Competing in her first World Cup in 2014, she swept the field with victory in both classes and followed up with two further near-perfect performances at the World Championships in France.

The 29-year-old from Enfield is the first dressage rider ever to hold such a glamorous clutch of major titles, steering the intuitive and technically-brilliant partnership towards lasting fame as an All Time Great team. A team which also includes her mentor and wise-cracker, Carl Hester, and Valegro’s part-owner Roly Luard, who turned down a rumoured £6million so that she could keep the ride.

Supported by: Michael Owen - Former England footballer

"Earlier this year I said I wanted to ride in a Charity Race, however that dream may be some way off. I've sat on a horse a couple of times under the instruction of my wife and daughter but not once did the horse do what I wanted it to! This gives me even more admiration for what Charlotte has achieved along with her Double Olympic Gold Medal at 2012 in front of a home crowd, World freestyle and Grand Prix Special, and European freestyle and Grand Prix Special titles. 

"My daughter Gemma is a keen dressage rider and Charlotte Dujardin is one of her heroes so we have often watched her compete and for sheer control and movement Charlotte really is as good as it gets. She is a great inspiration to my daughter and is without doubt an Action Woman - I wish her well for the competition."

JORDANNE WHILEY
Grand Slam-winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion
@jordannejoyce92

Jordanne Whiley completed a calendar Grand Slam at the US Open

Before this year, no Brit had ever done it, while it is a feat that has continued to elude the likes of Serena Williams and Roger Federer. But Birmingham-born Jordanne Whiley made history in August as victory in the women’s wheelchair doubles at the US Open saw her complete the elusive calendar Grand Slam.

Even ahead of New York, it had been an incredible year for Whiley and her partner, Japan’s Yui Kamiji. Victory at the Australian Open in January saw the 22-year-old become the first British woman to win a Slam wheelchair title, while debut trophies at Roland Garros and on home soil at Wimbledon were to follow.

A run to the final in blistering temperatures at Flushing Meadows saw Whiley and Kamiji draw tantalisingly close to completing the Slam only to encounter one last obstacle as the heat gave way to a torrential downpour with the pair 4-3 up in a taut deciding set against Dutch defending champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot.

Whiley, a sufferer of brittle bone disease who has lost count of the number of times she’s broken her legs, relying on her mum to inform her that the tally stands at 26, refused to let the rain delay knock her focus. After playing some music in the locker room and “busting out some moves” with her partner, the duo emerged to win back-to-back games when the match restarted and seal the historic victory.

Supported by: Judy Murray - Tennis coach and British Fed Cup captain

“Jordanne is an amazing young lady. She’s broken her legs 26 times and she’s still playing sport at the very top level. I call her “The Slice Girl” because her backhand’s vicious. And she’s a calendar Grand Slam Champ. She gets my vote for her incredible resilience and all round gorgeousness.”

SHAUNA COXSEY
Double World Cup Bouldering Champion
@shaunacoxsey

Coxsey is nominated for BT Sport's Action Woman of the Year

Climbers are literally rock gods in Austria. But it was Shauna Coxsey, 21, from Runcorn, who won her second-consecutive gold medal in the IFSC Bouldering World Cup series 2014 to become the first British woman ever on the podium in the sport (essentially, climbing without ropes), hanging by her fingernails from a tiny outcrop of plastic the size of a thimble half way up a man-made wall with 4,000 Austrians chanting her name in the middle of a square in Innsbruck.

The youngest of seven siblings, Britain’s own Spiderwoman became inspired at the age of three by a film of the French free climber Catherine “The Great” Destiville, who in 1992 became the first woman to ascend the North Face of the Eiger alone. Keen to encourage young climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, Coxsey is already an active ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council.

Supported by: Louise Hazel - Olympic heptathlete

"I have complete admiration and awe for a a woman who has become a world-beater at such a young age in a sport as physically and mentally challenging as climbing. You’ve got to be strong, brave, intuitive, flexible and very clever. 

"I used to hang upside-down for maybe a few milliseconds in the heptathlon high jump. This woman can spend all day there - and no ropes either. It is a privilege and pleasure to be her whole-hearted supporter."

FARA WILLIAMS
England Women’s Football and Liverpool Ladies FC
@fara_williams47

Fara Williams is nominated for the BT Sport Action Woman Award

At 30 years old, Fara Williams is showing no sign of slowing down but, when she eventually hangs up her boots and looks back on her decorated career, England’s friendly against Sweden in August will no doubt feature high on her list of standout memories. Leading out her team, midfielder Williams became the most-capped England player of all time – male or female - with 130 appearances, breaking Rachel Yankey’s previous record and going five clear of Peter Shilton’s tally.

That landmark friendly came shortly before England Women cruised to qualification for next year’s World Cup, having won all 10 games of their qualifying campaign. Williams played a pivotal role in notching up that 100% record, starting every game for England as they sounded a warning to their rivals in Canada next summer.

While records were falling on the international stage, Williams wasn’t doing too shabbily with Liverpool Ladies in the FA Women’s Super League either. Chelsea looked nailed on for the trophy on the final day of the season but the Reds still had an outside chance and thus unfolded the most nail-biting end to a campaign – of any league – in recent memory.

As the Blues capitulated at Manchester City, and with Birmingham City also still in the mix, Liverpool kept their cool to see off Bristol Academy and lift the trophy for a second successive season (once it had been hastily dashed across the M62 to Widnes). Epitomising their ability to perform under pressure was Williams, converting a crucial penalty with 20 minutes to go to help clinch the prize and crown an unforgettable year.

Supported by: Robbie Savage - Former Wales footballer

“I was hugely proud to win my 39 caps for Wales, so I think it’s just incredible for Fara to have broken the record for the most-capped England international ever. And the way she took that penalty in the last game of the season as Liverpool Ladies won the title - well, it reminded me of me!”

EMILY SCARRATT
England women’s rugby World Champion
@emilyscarratt

Emily Scarratt was influential to England's World Cup win

With three penalties, a try and a conversion, Emily Scarratt, the centre and goal-kicker of the England women’s rugby team, led an effervescent World Cup final performance against Canada which changed the course of sporting history. Three times beforehand England had lost in the world’s most prestigious final but with 2014 came redemption and Scarratt’s personal contribution was 16 of England’s 21 points. She emerged from the tournament a legitimate candidate for the title: best female player in the world.

The victory, which she described as “life-changing, surreal, overwhelming, amazing, incredible”, was the springboard to culture change at the RFU, who immediately announced that the leading women players, including farmer’s daughter Scarratt, 24, would go professional to prepare for the Rugby 7’s at the 2016 Olympics.

Supported by: James Haskell - England and Wasps rugby

“During England’s 21-9 victory over Canada, Emily contributed 16 points, with a kicking percentage of 79%. He won’t thank me for this, but that’s actually better than Jonny Wilkinson at the 2003 men’s World Cup!

"Emily epitomizes everything we look for in a great sportsperson and not only deserves the huge accolade of being nominated but should, in my opinion, go on to win the award for all she has done for women in sport and, in particular, women’s rugby.”

HELEN GLOVER AND HEATHER STANNING
Record-breaking rowing World Champions
@Helenglovergb

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

It’s an iconic image that the British sporting public won’t forget in a hurry: rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning crossing the finish line to take the country’s first gold medal in front of a home crowd at the 2012 Olympics. Back in the boat together this year to compete internationally for the first time since the Games, the duo proved their partnership has lost none of its magic.

After London, Stanning had returned to her job in the army as a Royal Artillery officer and spent six months on tour in Afghanistan before returning to her sport. Glover, meanwhile, enjoyed more medal success: partnering Polly Swann to the women’s pair world title in South Korea last summer.

While Glover travelled to this year’s Amsterdam World Championships as a reigning champion, there was unfinished business for the duo: she and Stanning were yet to claim the title together, although their double World Cup gold in Aiguebelette and Lucerne earlier in the year hinted they were more than up to the task.

Stanning confessed the year had been full of “ups and downs”, having struggled with fatigue on her return to rowing, but it did not stop her ticking another title off the list as she and Glover triumphed in Holland, breaking a 12-year-old world record in the process with a winning time of six minutes 50.61 seconds and cementing their status as Britain’s golden girls.

Supported by: Katherine Grainger - Olympic rowing champion

“Helen and Heather excel as a team, bringing out the best in each other, lifting each other up, and going through the lows and highs together.

"The combination of their inspirational teamwork alongside their athletic skill, racing ability, enjoyment and impressive work ethic means they are currently the fastest women’s pair in the world. As of this summer, they are the fastest pair in history. And they know they can go even better. Now that’s something to celebrate.”

CLAUDIA FRAGAPANE
Commonwealth gymnastics champion
@claudia_frag

Claudia Fragapane is an Action Woman Awards contender for July

At just 16 years old and in her first year of senior competition, Claudia Fragapane went to Glasgow as an unknown and left as the Commonwealth Games’ breakout star and British Gymnastics’ new sensation - with a ‘Pocket Rocket’ nickname and four gold medals decorating her minute 4ft 5in frame.

The first Englishwoman to clinch such a haul at a Games in 84 years, the diminutive teenager from Bristol – who’s doting Italian-born dad dons his Azzurri football shirt while watching her compete - had the Hydro Arena audience captivated by her devastating floor performance: the lynchpin of her success in Glasgow.

Confidence, flair, funky street-dance moves and some of the most intricate tumbles of the competition were all fused into the routine, which was executed to near-perfection by Fragapane to inspire three out of her four golds.

Supported by: Lucy Mecklenburgh - BBC Tumble and TOWIE star

“This summer, I learnt how difficult gymnastics can be during BBC Tumble and to make it look easy is next to impossible. Claudia is an incredible athlete who makes her performances look effortless. To bring home four gold medals from the Glasgow Games is an unbelievable achievement and one that should be celebrated. I am behind her all the way.

"I am excited to be part of the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Awards and think it is great to really celebrate such incredible achievements by women. The more we do, the more we will inspire young girls to stay active; something I am very passionate about.”

LIZZY YARNOLD
Olympic skeleton gold medallist
@TheYarnold

Lizzy Yarnold has returned to training ahead of the new Skeleton World Cup season

It was on Valentine’s Day 2014 that Lizzy Yarnold, at 25, became the Olympic champion in skeleton sledding, the esoteric sport in which Britain has a resplendent history of slithering head-first down a wintery chute at 80mph. Encased in nothing but a crash helmet, skin-tight lycra and abruptly-churning air, she thrashed the opposition to emulate the performance of previous British winner, Amy Williams, who returned with gold from Vancouver 2010.

Yarnold - or rather, her preternaturally calm, fiercely competitive, supremely-focussed alter-ego, ‘The Yarnold’ -  then stepped off the track to be hailed as Britain’s latest ‘Ice Queen’, retweet the Prime Minister and - mostly famously - receive good luck messages from The Archers, her favourite Radio 4 soap. She embarks on this season’s World Cup series as the number one racer on the planet.

Supported by: Chemmy Alcott - Four-time Olympic alpine skier

"I was up in Mountain Village doing prep for a race that I had the next day when Lizzy won, and there is nothing more inspirational to get you pumped up than watching your team-mate win gold! She’s not only the best in the world at what she does, she’s also a really lovely person with it.

"Her gold was so special and inspirational because she’s so humble: she never said it was her medal, she said it was the team’s. Because she shared it with everyone, it kind of felt like it was Britain’s gold."