Jessica Ennis-Hill named Sportswoman of the Year

Jessica Ennis-Hill has been crowned Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year in association with Vitality for a second time.

The heptathlete, who also won the award in 2012, made a triumphant return to the World Championships in Beijing this summer when she regained the title she won in 2009 in Berlin.

Ennis-Hill, 29, came out on top in China only 13 months after giving birth to her son Reggie in July 2014.

After receiving her award from Christine Ohuruogu, Ennis-Hill said: "I said I wasn't going to get emotional but it is emotional standing here because it's been an incredibly hard year, adjusting to life as a mum and having all those amazing experiences, and then reaching the top of my career again, it's been absolutely incredible.

"I am just so honoured to receive this award, because this time last year I never thought I would be in this room with these amazing women who have not only achieved so much, but they are changing their sports and doing such incredible things.

"It wasn't until I competed at the Anniversary Games in London that I even decided to go to the World Championships as it had been an up and down year, and I struggled with a couple of injuries with my Achilles, so it was one of those last-minute decisions.

"I thought I might contend for a medal, but I thought it would be a bronze. There was always that worry that I might come away with nothing so to come away with gold I really didn't expect it.

"I'm very much looking forward to next year. If I can get there in one piece it'll be my last Olympics so I really want to enjoy it, I want it to be special and I want my family to be part of it."

Second place in the vote went to UCI World Road Race champion Lizzie Armitstead, who bounced back from injury to beat the cream of women's cycling in the US city of Richmond in September.

Skeleton star Lizzy Yarnold finished third after a year that saw her crowned World and European champion.

First published  7 November 2015