Dina Asher-Smith Wins British Army Sportswoman of the Year 2020 at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards

The annual British Ethnic Diversity Awards took place on 14th March 2020, at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane, London. They are designed to not only recognise and celebrate the contribution of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in sport and physical activity but inspire the next generation.

The Sporting Equals British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards aim to create a positive impact towards the sport sector, where more role models from diverse communities in various sports are a priority to increase participation. 

Dina Asher-Smith is the fastest British woman in history, using her status as a renown athlete Dina continually brings key issues surrounding race to the forefront through her social media and wider media platforms when being interviewed. Dina continually highlights the importance of equality by using her own success story as proof of what is possible when society measures merit over colour.

Asher-Smith took home the gold medal for the 200m sprint at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, setting her personal best and a new British record of 21.88 seconds. At the same event, she took home two further silver medals, in the 4 x 100m relay, setting a new British record in the 100m sprint with 10.83 seconds. Her achievements at the Doha World Championships made her the first female British sprinter (over 100m or 200m) to win an individual medal in the world championship since 1983. 

Her continual work not only in sport but in giving a voice and valid role model for so many young BAME children in the UK is nothing short of inspiring. Upon receiving her award Dina said, "Thank you very much everybody, thank you very much to the Army and thank you very much to Sporting Equals. It's a big year this year, so I'm working super super hard. Thank you so much for this honour. Sometimes when we're training so much and you're competing you're just always thinking about winning and times and winning and times, at times you can forget what it means outside the sporting arena and how many people you can touch.

So these kind of things definitely reminds me of that so thank you very much. Thank you very much to Sporting Equals I think you are doing fantastic work with ethnic minorities and sports, so thank you very much and keep up the good work.”

The British Army had this to say regarding Dina's felicitation, "

The Army is delighted to support the BEDSAs and Sporting Equals.  We share a vision in which sports plays a key role.  Sport is a vital component in developing more resilient people in our societies, helping to grow physical and mental well-being.  Strong individuals build strong teams and communities.

Beyond the individual, sport builds understanding, cohesion and team work.  Underpinning teams are the qualities of respecting others on and off the field of play and integrity.  Our British Army Values and Standards cohere with the BEDSAs and Sporting Equals and we are all committed to greater inclusion and diversity.  Diversity of thought and perspective, as well as diversity of culture and human identity, are essential elements of enabling the British Army to be the best employer it can. 

Discipline, absolute commitment, integrity and courage are exemplified by the nominees for Sportswoman of the year enabling them to reach the exceptional standards in their sport.  For these reasons we are proud to sponsor the Award and we are honoured to share a platform which those who represent so much of what we believe in.  The Army congratulates Dina Asher-Smith on winning the Sportswoman of the Year Award."