Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year for 2013 shortlist

Last Updated: 11/11/13 9:22pm

Jessica Ennis-Hill: Winner of the award in 2012 (Picture Credit: Sunday Times)

The shortlist for the 2013 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year Award has been announced.

After many fantastic performances over the past nine months, the nominees for the main award has been cut down to just six athletes.

All of them have had incredible years in 2013 and one of them will now emulate the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Denise Lewis and Victoria Pendleton by winning the accolade.

Charlotte Dujardin

After two gold medals at Olympic Games in London, Charlotte Dujardin was in top form again at the 2013 European Dressage Championships in Denmark as she picked up three medals.

The 28-year-old secured victory in both the individual dressage, the first time she had won the European event, and the freestyle test before adding a bronze in the team dressage alongside Carl Hester, Michael Eilberg and Gareth Hughes.

Although the quartet failed to retain the title they won in 2011, Dujardin's performance was marked down as a world record at 85.942%. The results saw Dujardin and her horse Valegro reclaim the world No 1 spot in the September FEI world dressage rankings with 2,915 points.

Becky James

Becky James was in irresistible form as she won four medals in five days at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk in February.

The 21-year-old Welsh cyclist won gold in the women's sprint and Keirin events as well as bronze medals in the team sprint (alongside Victoria Williamson) and 500m time trial. As a result she is the first British rider to claim four medals at a single world championship.

James' two victories came within the space of 24 hours: first she overcame German Kristina Vogel in the final of the women's sprint, winning 2-1 after losing the opening race; then, despite not getting much sleep, James triumphed in a field of six outstanding cyclists in the women's Keirin, beating China's Gong Jinjie by 0.116secs.

Heather Knight

Heather Knight was named the 'player of the series' as the England cricket team beat Australia this summer to wrap up a 12-4 points victory in the women's Ashes. The 22-year-old right-handed batswoman was the leading scorer with 301 runs from seven matches of this inaugural multi-format points system.

Her most dogged and most crucial rear-guard action came on day three of the one-off Test match at Wormsley. Knight scored an impressive 157 from 338 balls - the third-highest score in England in Ashes history. It was her maiden international century.

Elsewhere, Knight scored 69 in the third one-day international at Hove as well as tidy knocks of 31 and 25 in the other 50-over matches. Unfortunately, she missed the tour of the West Indies after tearing her hamstring in the final match of the Ashes.

Christine Ohuruogu

The 29-year-old won gold in the 400m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August to cement her place as one of Britain's most successful-ever athletes.

The 29-year-old produced a signature, perfectly-timed late surge to beat defending champion Amantle Montsho in a photo finish. Both Ohuruogu and Botswana's Montsho, the pre-race favourite, finished in an official time of 49.41secs but the East Londoner, who crucially dipped her head on the line, was deemed the winner by an astonishing four thousandths of a second.

As well as breaking the British record by 0.02 seconds, Ohuruogu also became just the fourth British athlete ever to win the world title in their event twice - joining Colin Jackson, Mo Farah and Jonathan Edwards.

The achievement was added to by a relay gold at the European Indoor Championships in March.

Shelley Rudman

Shelley Rudman created winter sports history this year by becoming the first British woman to win a skeleton world title. Back in February in Switzerland, the 32-year-old claimed victory in a time of 4mins 38.60secs.

The Wiltshire-based slider, who went into the fourth and final run with a 0.82sec lead over Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States, had considered 2013 to be a development year in the build-up for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"It's unbelievable. I'd won every medal in skeleton, and the goal for the last two years was to try to win a medal at the world championships to complete everything in the sport.," Rudman said afterwards.

Non Stanford

Non Stanford overcame a 15-second penalty to be crowned ITU world triathlon champion in September in the Grand Final at London's Hyde Park.

The Welsh athlete headed into the final race in third in the overall standing but despite her penalty for failing to place her wetsuit in the box after the 1.5km swim and issues putting on her cycle helmet in the first transition period, Stanford came home in a time of 2hours 1mins 3secs to end the series on 4,220 points, 415 ahead of fellow Brit Jodie Stimpson.

What makes this victory more impressive is the fact that the Swansea-born triathlete won the Under-23 world title in 2013 before emerging victorious at senior level. Something that only male compatriot Alistair Brownlee had achieved before, winning the two individual titles in successive seasons.

Watch the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year Awards live on Sky Sports on December 5.