Monday, October 8, 2018

Grace Reid makes shortlist for Sunday Times award

Grace Reid is one of four athletes to make the shortlist for the Sunday Times Young Sportswomen of the Year Award for 2018.

The Edinburgh-born diver, 22, is listed for the prestigious award alongside Izzy Atkin (slopestyle skiing), Georgia Hall (Golf) and fellow Scot Seonaid McIntosh (Shooting).

2018 was a memorable year for Reid with Gold medals at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, the latter on home soil and coupled with a Silver medal won alongside new partner, Ross Haslam.

Reid also picked up a Bronze medal, again alongside Haslam, in the FINA Diving World Cup in June. But for the majority of fans it will be the moments in Australia and at her home pool that resonate most strongly.

Reid's 1m springboard triumph in Gold Coast was Scotland's first diving Gold since 1958 and followed on from the emotional Bronze won by James Heatly, which was the first medal of any colour won by a Scot since the same date, won by none other than Sir Peter Heatly, James' late grandfather.

Reid's medal also made her the first Scottish female diver in history to win Gold at an international competition.

Reid and Haslam came extremely close to winning the Mixed 3m springboard synchro at Glasgow 2018 but had to settle for Silver, but there was no such feeling of so close yet so far for Reid in the individual 3m springboard event. Reid, sitting in third place going into her final dive, produced a stunning forward 2 1/2 somersaults piked to leap ahead of British teammate Alicia Blagg and win by less than two full points, to the joy of the Scottish crowd.

Elsewhere, fellow aquatic athlete Alice Tai made the shortlist for Disability Sportswomen of the Year.

The nominees for the overall Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year are: Katie Archibald (track cycling), Rachel Atherton (mountain biking), Dina Asher-Smith (athletics), Georgia Hall (golf), Vicky Holland (triathlon), Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton).

The Awards recognise the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite performers, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational women.

Now in their 31st year, the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards are among the most prestigious and influential in the British sporting calendar.

Among the panel who will be involved in the judging process this year are former swimmer Rebecca Adlington, London 2012 heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and 11-time Paralympic Gold medalist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.