Sportswoman of the year 2022: Beth Mead is aiming for the World Cup with England

Sportswoman of the year 2022: Beth Mead is aiming for the World Cup with England

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Mead was named 2022 Sportswoman of the Year

England’s Beth Mead is targeting a return to the World Cup in 2023 after becoming the first female footballer to win InNewCL Sports Personality of the Year.

Mead won the Golden Boot and was Player of the Tournament as England celebrated a historic triumph at Euro 2022.

The 27-year-old Arsenal forward arrived on crutches at the awards after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Manchester United in November.

“I will do my best to be at the World Cup,” she said.

“It’s an injury where you can have good days and bad days but I will work hard behind the scenes with Arsenal.”

The Lionesses also won InNewCL Team of the Year awards, while boss Sarina Wiegman became Coach of the Year.

England lifted their first trophy in a major women’s tournament by beating eight-time champions Germany 2-1 after extra time at Wembley.

They will now try to add the World Cup, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand and starts on July 20th.

“Recovery from the injury can take six to nine months so I will be pushing for the fastest time possible,” said Mead, who underwent successful surgery two weeks ago.

Mead scored six goals and contributed five assists during Euro 2022 as she recovered from the disappointment of not being selected to represent Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics a year earlier.

She also spoke of finding strength from her mother, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2021.

The Arsenal striker was voted InNewCL Women’s Footballer of the Year 2022 and finished second in the Women’s Ballon d’Or, the award given to the world’s best footballer of the year.

She led a public vote to win Sports Personality, with cricketer Ben Stokes second and curler Eve Muirhead third.

The other shortlisted candidates were snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, gymnast Jessica Gadirova and athlete Jake Wightman.

“It’s indescribable. It’s something I watched growing up and I’ve seen so many amazing sports heroes win it,” Mead said of her win.

“It still doesn’t feel real to be nominated. It’s a great honor and proud for me.”

England’s Lionesses and Sarina Wiegman are named Team and Coach of the Year

Wiegman said Mead is “a great team player” and a pleasure to work with.

“It’s been a fantastic year, one we will never forget and it’s having an impact on society,” she said.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with this team because they are such great people.”

Ticket sales rose in the Women’s Super League following their Euro 2022 triumph and Arsenal’s game against Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in September set a league record attendance of 47,367.

The number of players registered with the Football Association has increased by 12.5%.

Former lioness Jill Scott said: “There was a good kick-off effect and that’s what we wanted, not just a one off tournament but to focus on the sport in a good way.

“This Christmas, to remember that there will be little girls asking for football boots and going on their own journey. That’s all we can ask.”

Burrow & Sinfield honored for charity work

Wednesday’s show provided some emotional moments as rugby league legend Rob Burrow was honored with the Helen Rollason Award and his former Leeds team-mate Kevin Sinfield received a special InNewCL award.

Burrow, who retired from gaming in 2017, was diagnosed with motor neuron disease three years ago and has helped raise funds and raise awareness about the disease.

His friend Sinfield has raised more than £7million for MND charities including completing seven ultramarathons in seven days.

“He is an absolute legend. Rob is probably the most inspirational guy in the UK right now,” Sinfield said.

Burrow, who uses an eye-controlled computer to communicate in his own Yorkshire accent, greeted his friend.

“I am determined to get better and look at all the reasons to live. I’m inspired by my friend Kevin Sinfield, the man who made the impossible possible,” he said.

“Kev is much more than a friend, he is like a big brother. I have a guardian angel who takes care of me. He brings hope to people’s lives.”

The moment was all the more poignant as it came shortly after the death of Rob’s friend and rugby union player Doddie Weir last month from illness.

Argentina’s world champion captain Lionel Messi was named World Sport Star of the Year, while the lifetime achievement award went to Usain Bolt, the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist.

Gadirova accepted the Young Personality award and Mike Alden, a Bristol Football Club volunteer, won the Unsung Hero Award.

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