Becky James was awarded the 2013 ‘Young Sportswoman of the Year’ by the Sunday Times and Sky Sports today.
The twenty-two year old Welsh rider won the prestigious award after winning two track world titles during this year’s World Cup Track Championships in Minsk.
"It’s just incredible to receive the award and it rounds off the best year of my career so far and I’m proud to see the long, hard hours of training have paid off," said James, who was unable to collect the award in person as she is currently competing in the second round of the UCI Track World Cup in Mexico.
"There’s so many people that I owe thanks to, but in particular I’d like to thank my coaches and all the support staff at British Cycling who have helped me over the years, and also my family and friends for their constant support. I’m looking forward to building on what I’ve achieved so far, and hopefully 2014 will be another great year."
James missed out on Great Britain selection for the 2012 London Olympic Games, but is the current front runner for the keirin, sprint and team sprint selection for the 2016 Games in Rio.
Last night, James and team sprint partner Jess Varnish won the the silver medal behind German duo Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte in Aguascalientes, Mexico. James will compete in the keirin and individual sprint events taking place today and tomorrow.
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