Sport

We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlist for the Sport category, sponsored by PedalSure

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 17 May 2016.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for each category.  Winners will be notified by 6 June 2016 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by Barclays on 30 June 2016.

Should you wish to cast a public vote of support for any of the individuals below, please vote on the right hand side of this page.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.

Shortlist in Sport

Alexandra Merisoiu | The Merisoiu Technique

Alexandra is known as The Body Engineer and is the founder of The Merisoiu Technique Institute Of Health And Natural Human Movement™.

She works with men and women entrepreneurs re-engineering how the body functions to run like clockwork.

She works with people who have a passion and want to excel through strong foundations. It is more than just fitness and fun, it is body mastery based on Martial Arts Wisdom™ and Natural Human Movement™. Her clients are passionate and dedicated to get the results they seek.

Alexandra is also a passionate Karate champion. Since 1995 she has explored how the body and mind works. She has done this through using many different sporting techniques and working with a wide variety of highly respected coaches.

She has been ranked 1st in WMO BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPSIONSHIP, 2nd and 3rd at WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP, 2 times NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPION, WORLD CUP CHAMPION and is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate Shotokan. She still competes at an international level with her recent 3rd place at the Karate Shotokan World Championship in October 2015 representing England.

Her mission is to challenge the statues quo of how to get a fit, strong and powerful body.

Francesca Brown | Goals 4 Girls

Francesca is the Managing director & CEO of Goals4Girls, which was launched in June 2013. Goals4Girls is a football development programme which works with young women aged between 11-16. The programme aims are to break down barriers & reduce inactivity amongst young women in sport, by raising the aspirations, self-confidence, self-esteem and mind sets of young women inspiring them to set and achieve their goals. The Football development programme provides football coaching, player development pathways, coaching, qualifications, workshops, inspirational seminars, trips and mentoring to girls in and around East London. The Goals4Girls coaching experience is different in the way that...
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Hayley Bennett | Kick It Out

Hayley is developing the future of equality in football in her role as Education Officer at Kick It Out. Her role involves coordinating the organisation's message to young people as well as educating people about discrimination, from all vantage points. Hayley travels to schools, colleges and universities nationwide with her message, and aspires to promote a positive change in the world. Hayley is passionate about football and equality and a firm believer in the power of sport to catalyse change in modern society.

Lauren Dobson | Hexham Racecourse

I was educated in Ashington, Northumberland and in 2008, I started work in the North East retail industry. However, I have always held a passion for horse racing, therefore volunteering on race days at Hexham since the age of 12 to gain experience.

After three years in retail, I secured the role of Marketing Executive at Hexham Racecourse in 2011. Since then I have worked on creating a new customer management and ticket system which has improved the customer experience and saved the company money. In 2013 I won a young employee of the year Hexham business award after being nominated by the company’s Chief Executive.

I have recently undertaken a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) course and been promoted to Marketing Manager. I would love to further progress my career to a senior position at Hexham Racecourse and in the Racing Industry.

I am delighted to receive this nomination.

Manisha Tailor | Swaggarlicious

Manisha Tailor is a highly regarded football coach who through her brand 'Swaggarlicious', engages in community projects targeting females, BAME groups, disability groups including mental health, and young people using the influence of football. Her exemplary work includes: 'Simply Being', a project which engages those with mental illness by providing an inclusive safe environment to engage in physical activity within the Borough of Barnet.  She is a UEFA B licensed football coach, making her a minority of the highest qualified Asian females in the country.  Manisha previously worked as Head Coach at a Girls Centre of Excellence, a professional FA academy in which she inspires girls into football. As well as an influence with charity, 'Show Racism the Red Card', she works nationally to deliver equality education through the power of football to young people.  The last few years have seen Manisha’s work gain recognition internationally where she has travelled to Canada, Cyprus and Belgium to work with young people delivering football sessions with a focus on teamwork and integration.

Nazia Khatun | Fitness Reborn

After graduating in Sociology at Goldsmiths University, Nazia decided to be an amateur boxer. She won two bronze medals in tournaments. During her boxing career, she encountered and overcame many negative attitudes as boxing is not a feminine thing to do. She constantly uses her experiences to inspire and motivate women from all backgrounds. Nazia uses her Sociology background to understand human behavioural patterns and creates dynamic and effective, value- based body transformation programmes to suit individual needs.

She has varied clients from all backgrounds who bear testimony to her multi faceted skills. Nazia works with individuals, community organisations and the corporate sector. Nazia's mission is to change one body at a time and get her clients to fall in love with their bodies regardless of shape and size. Her results are always outstanding,allowing her clients to open up a whole new world mentally and physically. Clients get to feel REBORN again with a new found confidence and self esteem.

Sophie Radcliffe | Challenge Sophie

Endurance athlete, adventurer and blogger Sophie Radcliffe quit her London 9-5 job three years ago in search of a new story. Driven by her philosophy "One day I will not be able to do this. Today is not that day" she is the only person in history to have climbed the highest mountains in the eight Alpine countries and cycled between them, climbing five times the height of Mount Everest in 32 days. She’s cycled 300km from London to Paris in 24 hours on nine occasions, completed multi-sport adventure races around the world, raced her bike coast to coast across the USA, completed 100km ultra-marathons, and is a two-time Ironman finisher.
Her mission is to champion ordinary people achieving extraordinary things. Which she does by spreading positive messages around self-confidence, body image and the right mindset to dream, perform and achieve in life. A motivational speaker, entrepreneur and writer, she's passionate about bringing life changing moments to people's lives that help us on our paths to greatness.
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