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Sporting heroes honored at Inspiration Awards


Of the many awards ceremonies that we read about in the glossy magazines there are not many that celebrate real successes in everyday life.

The Inspiration Awards for Women took place on the October 3, at the iconic Cadogan Hall in London and celebrated all the wonderful things that women have achieved this year.

The annual event celebrates women from all walks of life, from celebrities to sporting heroes and charity fundraisers.

It can easily be said that 2012 has been a fantastic year for women and Team GB have had an outstanding year thanks to London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The athletes were given four inspiration awards on the evening, celebrating a incredible year for women’s sport.

Team GB’s Olympic cycling team won five medals in London 2012 and added an inspiration award to their growing pile of honours.

Rebecca Adlington won the Next Generation Award for her inspiring performance in Swimming during this year’s games where she took home two bronze medals for 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle.

The Great Britain Paralympics swimming team were also given an inspiration award for their combined efforts during the games; the most successful event in the Paralympic games.

Seventeen-year-old Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, was given an inspiration award for her swimming achievements this year. In London 2012 she took home four medals- two gold, one silver and a bronze. She also set a new world record for 400m freestyle.

Founder of the Inspiration for Women Awards, Sky Andrew, said the aim of the awards are  “Giving the next generation role models that show it is possible to have a sense of status, achievement and success by conducting one-self in a manner that is inspirational.”

As well as highlighting inspiring women the event also raises money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity as part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The full list of winners on the night:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Gloria Hunniford

Most Inspirational: Claire Squires

Inspirational Celebrity: Jacqueline Gold

Most Aspirational: Kate Farnell

Inspirational Fundraiser: Claire Lomas

Style & Elegance: Donna Air

I.A.S. (Inspiration, Aspiration & Style): Fiona Bruce

Inspirational International: Aung San Suu Kyi

Inspirational Determination: Katherine Grainger

Next Generation: Rebecca Adlington

Inspirational Achievement: The Spice Girls

Inspirational Award: Claire Horton

Inspirational Award: Audrey Flash

Inspirational Award: Erin McNeill

Inspirational Award: Ellie Simmonds

Inspirational Award: GB Paralympics Swimming Team

Inspirational Award: GB Olympic Cycling Team


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