The hunt for BT’s Action Woman of the Year 2014 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 we might have missed, using the #BTActionWoman hashtag on Twitter.
A final shortlist of 10 nominees will be produced at the end of the year and put to a public vote to decide the winner.
The feat: The sight and sound of Libby Clegg, and her guide runner Mikhail Huggins, romping to victory in the T12 100m sprint at the Commonwealth Games, roared on by the ecstatic Scottish crowd, was one of the most charismatic moments of the Glasgow extravaganza. Clegg’s visual impairment seemed entirely irrelevant as they roared down the track, legs pounding in unison, to win by a street in 12.20 seconds. United in effort they symbolized more than a training partnership. One Scottish, one English; one female, one male; one white, one black; one registered blind, one guide - now both Commonwealth Games gold medalists with Rio on the horizon.
If any single image represented the supreme effort, synchronicity, sacrifice and joy of sport, it was the sight of these two athletes, performing as one, crossing the finish line together. “When I run with Mikhail we’re just united. It feels like one being,” said Clegg, who already has two Paralympic silver medals and a gold from the World Championships in 2011.
The feat: First, some quick stats on English gymnast Claudia Fragapane: 16 years old. 4ft 7in. Four Commonwealth Games gold medals.
The diminutive teenager from Bristol is one of – if not the biggest – star to be unearthed at the Glasgow Games. Fragapane produced a devastating floor performance to seal an emotional gold in the individual all-around, with success in the team and individual vault events coming either side. 'Pocket rocket' Fragapane's attractive but strong performances stirred up an electric atmosphere in the Hydro.
The feat: The list of world and Olympic champions who won world junior medals reads like a ‘who’s who’ of track and field: Usain Bolt, Valerie Adams, Sally Pearson and many others kick-started their careers at junior level. Here’s the next name to add to that list: Shona Richards.
The 18-year-old just came home from the World Junior Championships with not one, but two silver medals to her name. Richards stormed to silver in the 400m hurdles last weekend, setting a new British junior record of 56.16 seconds along the way. And as if one medal wasn’t enough, she and her fellow 4x400m companions went on to take second in the relay the following day.
The feat: While the country was lamenting the early Wimbledon exit of defending champion Andy Murray, one of his compatriots was taking a giant step towards making British tennis history. Jordanne Whiley, partnered by Japan’s Yui Kamiji, battled back from a set down to see off the Dutch pairing of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot and secure her first Wimbledon title in the wheelchair women’s doubles.
A debut Wimbledon trophy would have been achievement enough, but for Whiley and Kamiji it marked their third Grand Slam this year, having lifted their career first at the Australian Open in January, when 22-year-old Whiley became the first British woman to win a Slam wheelchair title. With the Roland Garros gong also in the bag, all eyes will now be on the duo at the US Open as they bid to complete what would be an extraordinary calendar Grand Slam of all four majors – a feat never achieved before by a Brit.
Kat Copeland and Imogen Walsh
The feat: Rowing is a sport built on partnerships and, with every minute detail affecting performance, knowing your partner and being in sync with them is crucial - which is what makes Kat Copeland and Imogen Walsh’s recent achievements all the more impressive.
The pair have won two World Cup golds on the bounce in the double sculls and have marked themselves as the ones to beat at the upcoming World Championships. All after only starting rowing together in April this year.