Heywood Cricket Club’s own Kate Cross was in London last night representing the England Women’s Cricket Team at the Sky Sports and Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.
The event was held at the Sky studios and showcased the remarkable depth and array of female sporting talent in the country.
Kate, along with teammates Katherine Brunt and Tammy Beaumont were present as the team had been nominated for the Team of the Year award. The team have of course retained the Ashes in Australia, defeated India and South Africa in the English summer and been awarded the first set of professional contracts by the ECB.
The accolade went to the England Rugby Union team that had won the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
Sportswoman of the Year was won by Charlotte Dujardin who has added to her Olympic gold medal in Dressage with numerous other medals in events throughout 2014.
Kate was sat with Winter Olympic bronze medal snowboarder Jenny Jones, the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in a snow event and was thrilled to have been part of the occasion.
“It was a special night to have been part of and it was an honour to have been in a team that was nominated for an award” said the Heywood bowler.
“There were so many women in the room that I have seen be successful over the last couple of years and I was pretty starstruck! I was sat next to Jenny Jones and it was surreal talking to her about her Olympic medal. I remember sitting watching her and screaming at the TV!”
“There is a real buzz around the success and growth in recognition of women’s sport and it is very exciting to be part of. The support that was shown towards each other last night was obvious and I was honoured to be part of it all.”
“Sir Clive Woodward came over and congratulated me and the girls on our year, it was amazing.”
“It is clear that women’s sport is on the rise and there was a lot of talk about the professionalisation of some sports and the ongoing battle to compete with men’s sport. Everyone talked about the gains women are making rather than the gap that still exists. Realistically we all know that unless we are able to generate equal or comparable revenue then an equal pay discussion is not feasible yet.”
“I just consider myself so lucky to be part of an inspirational time for women’s sport and I love being able to go into schools to help inspire the next generation of youngsters play cricket.”