Sporting Equals Awards Blogs: Peloton Sportswoman of the Year

In the realm of sports, we often come across individuals who redefine the boundaries of excellence and inspire the world with their achievements. Katarina Johnson-Thompson, a name synonymous with dedication, perseverance, and unmatched talent, was recently crowned the Peloton Sportswoman of the Year at the 2023 Sporting Equals Awards.  

The Journey of a Champion 
Katarina Johnson-Thompson hails from the city of Liverpool and has been a firm fixture in the world of British athletics for over a decade, making her senior athletics debut in the London 2012 Olympics in the heptathlon alongside Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. Her name was synonymous with victories, winning gold medals in World Championships, European Championships, and Commonwealth Games. 

The Peloton Sportswoman of the Year 

Katarina faced tough competition in the shortlist for the Peloton Sportswoman of the Year award at the 2023 Sporting Equals Awards in the form of European para badminton champion Rachel Choong and two-weight boxing world champion Natasha Jonas. Unfortunately, due to Katariana’s training commitments, she was unable to collect her award on the evening, which Olympic gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu MBE received on her behalf.  

Christine Ohuruogu MBE collecting the award on Katarina’s behalf

Resilience in the Face of Adversity 
What sets Katarina Johnson-Thompson apart is not just her athletic abilities but also her resilience in the face of adversity she had faced several years off the track due to a series of injuries that left her unable to compete and fearing that her career was over after rupturing her Achilles in 2019 and having to withdraw during the 2020 Toyko Olympics with a calf injury. 2022 saw the start of Katarina’s resurgence coming to victory in the Heptathlon at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. This was followed by an impressive 2023 season winning a gold medal in the Heptathlon at the 2023 Budapest Athletics World Championships. 
Advocacy for Inclusivity 
Despite her global success, she has always supported her hometown, forming a partnership with LFC Foundation (the official charity of Liverpool FC). The partnership delivers accessible community athletics and a talent development programme targeting young people from across the Liverpool City region aiming to get young people from disadvantaged areas involved in athletics. 

Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s win as the Peloton Sportswoman of the Year at The Sporting Equals Awards is a celebration of her remarkable journey, her sporting prowess, and her contribution to promoting diversity and inclusion in sports. Her story is a reminder that true champions not only excel in their respective fields but also inspire and empower others to chase their dreams. Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s legacy through her work with the Liverpool Foundation will continue to inspire generations to come, through the mechanism of sport. 

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