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Tuesday, 28 November, 2000, 18:20 GMT
Another accolade for Lewis
Denise Lewis
Denise Lewis overcame injury to triumph in Sydney
Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis has been named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.

The golden girl of British athletics was presented with her award by Olympic legend Steve Redgrave at a ceremony in the City of London.

Lewis's victory - when she ran through the pain of an Achilles injury to clinch her heptathlon crown - was one of the most popular British successes in Australia.

Britain's most successful heptahlete was delighted with her year and now was looking forward to the season ahead.

"Well I'm going to squeeze out the last week of rest and enjoyment then it's back to training in January for the World Championships," Lewis told BBC Sport Online.


An international competition at home would be fantastic
  Olympic gold medallist
Denise Lewis

"The only one I haven't won to date is the World Championship and that is my goal.

"Thereafter I hope to compete at the Commonweath Games in 2002 - an international competition at home would be fantastic."

The other short-listed contenders for the prize were fellow Olympic champions Stephanie Cook (modern pentathalon) and Shirley Robertson (Europe class sailing).

Lewis has already been honoured as female athlete of the year by UK Athletics and the British Athletics Writers' Association.

Other winners honoured at The Gibson Hall included Europe's Solheim Cup team who took the Team of the Year award for their victory over the United States at Loch Lomond.


Europe celebrate Solheim Cup win
Solheim Cup success for the Team of the Year
Shot-putter Judy Oakes claimed the Lifetime Achievement award ahead of Jane Sixsmith (hockey), Yvonne McGregor (cycling) and Dame Mary Peters (1972 Olympic pentathlon winner).

The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration, presented by the late BBC sports presenter's daughter Nikki, went to wheelchair athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson, who won four Paralympic gold's in Sydney.

The award for Administrator/Coach of the Year was presented to Di Ellis, Chair of the Amateur Rowing Association, by Matthew Pinsent - one of British rowing's many medallists in Australia.

The Sunday Times Awards celebrate the achievements of women at all levels of sport, from past and present Olympians, to students and the coaches/administrators who work behind the scenes.

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