The first female jockey to win the title of Best Jockey of the Cheltenham Festival, including a Champion Hurdle victory aboard the Honeysuckle, Rachel Blackmore is the star of this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year World Sport Star award. According to Independent Irish, voting for the price open Monday at bbc.com and will close at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14.
The award will be presented during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year broadcast live on BBC One on Sunday 19 December.
Also in 2021, Blackmore became the first woman to ride the winner of the iconic Grand National with her success on Minella Times. Before Blackmore’s victory, the closest female jockey had come to winning the world’s most famous obstacle course was Katie Walsh’s third on Seabass in 2012.
In his post-race interview, Blackmore told the world, âI don’t feel like a man or a woman right now, I don’t even feel human. It is simply amazing.
Blackmore will receive the 2021 Irish Racing Hero Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards in December.
Other nominees for the 2021 BBC World Sport Star award include: boxing champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, American footballer Tom Brady, tennis player Novak Djokovic, five-time Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah and pilot of Formula 1 Max Verstappen.
Read more at Independent.
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