The hunt for BT’s Action Woman of the Year 2015 is underway and every month BT Sport will be highlighting potential contenders.
But it’s not just down to us – we want you to nominate the sportswomen who have impressed you most, using the #ActionWoman hashtag on Twitter.
At the end of the year, 10 nominees will make the final shortlist and it will be up to the public to vote for who they want to succeed 2014 winner Charlotte Dujardin as Action Woman of the Year.
Lizzy Yarnold is on holiday. A stunning achievement in itself, given the recent (ice) track record of Britain’s most illustrious Winter Olympian. But the performance for which the 26-year-old athlete created headlines in March was of a more strenuous nature. She won the Skeleton World Championships in Winterberg to complete the Grand Slam of major titles in her sport. It is a measure of her towering success that the word ‘skeleton’ is now widely known to be a headfirst 90mph perilous pelt down an ice chute as opposed to anything dug up in graveyards.
Deservedly, having produced a record-breaking run to add World Championship gold to her Olympic, European and World Cup titles, she is taking a break. “It’s all I ever wanted and I need a few days of not talking about skeleton or ice or anything really.
“Winning the World Champs was incredible. I think it was a mixture of all of my family being there to support me and the fact that it had been a long, hard season and it was the last race, the relief was amazing!
“Also, because I set it as my goal for this season, after winning in Sochi I wasn't sure where my motivation would come from. In a way, the World Champs gave me the desire to keep going after such a high. Without it I'm not sure I could have gone into each race with the desire to win that I did. So having it on the mantelpiece to complete the set is pretty cool!
“We're just finishing all of our end-of-season reviews at the moment and then we get April off to have a holiday - I really can't wait! Last year my 'off-season' was so busy making the most of the Sochi excitement that I really feel like I need a break this year. I'm looking forward to catching up with my family and boyfriend James - they will be sick of me being around so much now I'm sure!"
Heather Watson is becoming something of a regular in our Action Woman nominees. The British number one, who has climbed to number 41 in the world, this month makes the shortlist after notching up her first win over a top 10 player, defeating world number seven Agnieszka Radwanksa in straight sets in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Despite her tournament being ended in the last 16 by Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, the win marks a real step forward for Watson as she continues her new confident attacking style of play. Having not taken a set off Radwanska before, she was the picture of calm and poise as she served out the match to love to secure what is possibly the biggest win of her career.
“Aga is a fantastic player,” said Watson afterwards. “She has beaten me pretty comfortably every time before so I knew I was going to have to bring my A-game and play my very best. And that’s what I did.”