Becky James named as Sunday Times and Sky Sports Young Sports Woman of the Year
Double world champ is Team GB's new queen of the track
Track cyclist Becky James, 22 was last night named as the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Young Sports Woman of the Year for her achievements in 2013.
James missed out on riding at the Olympic Games in 2012, but refocussed her training to target the world championships in Minsk at the beginning of this year. She won world titles in the keirin and sprint and bronze medals in the 500m time trial and team sprint to become the first British rider to win four medals at a single worlds.
She is currently in Mexico ahead of the second round of the UCI Track World Cup so was unable to collect the award in person, but said she was honoured to be reecognised.
She 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.”