Olive Jones admits life has changed for women in sport

Last Updated: 04/12/13 1:17pm

Sportswomen looks ahead to the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Women of the Year awards on Thursday.

The first recipient of the Sportswoman of the Year Award, Olive Jones, admits attitudes to women in sport have changed drastically since she won the accolade 25 years ago.

Jones, who won the award back in 1988 for her work as a swimming teacher and administrator in Colwyn Bay, will be amongst guests at Thursday's event to celebrate the achievements of the country's best sportswomen.

And with the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Victoria Pendleton and Paula Radcliffe since winning the prestigious award, Jones admits a lot has changed for women in sport.

"It's changed for the better," she said. "It's given the girls a much wider scope now to take on any sport they want.

"Attitudes have changed tremendously, they don't look down on women doing sport any more.

"I felt as though I was ten foot tall, it was the honour that went with it. Out of all those people in the room and when I was looking across at people in the room, people that I knew who had done a lot for what they stood for."

World triathlon champion Non Stanford is one of six women shortlisted for this year's award, with Charlotte Dujardin, Becky James, Heather Knight, Christine Ohuruogu and Shelley Rudman.

And the 24-year-old said she is delighted to be nominated.

"It's great that women are really being identified and we have our own awards ceremony to recognise women in sport," she said.

"There are a few more barriers against women in sport, so to identify and recognise the achievements of women especially is really really important and I'm very honoured to be a part of the ceremony."

You can watch the Sportswomen of the Year Awards live from Sky Studios on December 5.