Rachel Atherton has added another award to her trophy cabinet – this time, it’s the prestigious Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year.
Not heard of the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year? Nope, neither had we! According to the Atherton team it is “part of Laureus Sport for Good, a movement that uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage”. Not a bad cause as it goes.
There’s some heavy hitting names associated with the charity with Nelson Mandela as Laureus’ first patron. The Actions Sports Award goes to ͞”the sportsman or sportswoman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement inaction sports in the qualifying year”. The nominees for the Laureus World Action Sportperson of the year 2017 were Rachel Atherton , Pedro Barros (Brazilian skate boarder), Surfers John John Florence and Tyler Wright, Chloe Kim (snowboarder, USA) and Kelly Sildaru (Freestyle skier).
While the awards ceremony was held in glitzy Monaco, Rach was elsewhere – hard at work in the gym with her coach. She apparently “looked at every available flight, about 100 different sets of scheduling but we just couldn’t make it work.”