Yorkshire is well represented in The Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards shortlist, announced recently.
The awards recognise the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite athletes, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational women.
Now in their 30th year, the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards in association with Vitality are among the most prestigious and influential in the British Sporting Calendar.
There are two nominations for West Yorkshire in the Community Award category, which is voted on by the public.
Rashida Salloo is the founder of Ready Steady Active, a community health and fitness initiative, which based in Batley and Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
The project provides sport and physical opportunities to hundreds of girls and women, with a significant focus on those from BAME backgrounds.
Rashida, 36, encourages many participants to become leaders and activators in their own rights.
She has created a local community rounders league, which engages with more than 60 women and girls on a weekly basis.
One of her tennis initiatives won the Tennis Foundation Special Recognition Award at the 2016 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.
She is joined on the shortlist by Carlton Bolling College girls’ cricket team from Bradford. The team is the brainchild of PE teacher Zaheer Jaffary, mainly made of Muslim teenagers.
They were crowned Yorkshire champions this summer. In September, they were beaten in the national final by just two runs at Lord’s cricket ground.
Many of the players have overcome social barriers and prejudices in an area where Muslim girls are not always encouraged to take part in sport.
Jaffary said: “A lot of people want to make life difficult for these girls, but all they want to do is play cricket. They deserve all the recognition they get. Everything they’ve achieved has been amazing.”
You can vote on the Community Award HERE.
In the elite sporting categories, Hannah Cockroft MBE is a finalist for the Disability Sportswoman category after 2017 saw her add more gold to her impressive haul and become a ten-time World Champion.
For more on the awards, visit the dedicated website.