Abby Wambach, Winner of the Sportswoman of the Year Award (Team Sport)
Abby Wambach received the esteemed Sportswoman of the Year Award, given to an individual athlete in a team sport who exhibits exceptional performances over a 12-month time span. Wambach earned this award for her triumphant season including being named the 2010 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year (for the fourth time) and named to the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Best XI in October 2010. During the 2010 WPS season, she scored 13 goals (No. 2 in WPS) and eight assists (tied for No. 2) while piling up six multiple goal games.
Wambach’s four goals in Germany made her the USA’s all-time leading scorer in Women’s World Cup history with a total of 13 goals, moving her past the great Michelle Akers. Wambach, who plays on the WPS’ Boca Raton magicJack team, tied for the second most goals during the season (9) despite playing only 11 regular season matches due to National Team commitments.
Past winners include Venus and Serena Williams, Jessica Mendoza and Mia Hamm. This year, the winner was selected based on a total score collected by the public and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee.
Winter Vinecki, Winner of the 2011 ANNIKA Inspiration Award
Twelve-year-old tri-athlete Winter Vinecki was the recipient of the ANNIKA Inspiration Award, presented on-stage by Annika Sorenstam. The Women’s Sports Foundation and the ANNIKA Foundation have partnered to create the ANNIKA Inspiration Award to honor an exceptional young female athlete.
Vinecki, who has been participating in triathlons since the age of five, founded Team Winter, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding prostate cancer research and raising prostate cancer awareness, in honor of her late father, who lost his life to an aggressive form of prostate cancer. To date, Vinecki has raised more than $300,000 to battle prostate cancer and has no plans of slowing down. Vinecki’s passion for raising awareness has earned her national acclaim including winning the 2010 and 2011 IronKids National Championship, and acts as the IronKids youth triathlon series Ambassador.
- Wambach, Tseng Win Women’s Sports Awards (nytimes.com)