Top 20 most inspirational sportswomen revealed with Brit legend No1 and BBC presenters

BRITAIN’S most inspirational sportswomen have been revealed as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Paula Radcliffe and Dame Kelly Holmes.

A poll of 2,000 fans also saw Alex Scott, Emma Raducanu and Princess Anne in the top ten.

Times Newspapers LtdJessica Ennis-Hill was named Britain’s most inspirational sportswomen[/caption]

Sunday TimesSerena Williams retired from tennis in 2022[/caption]

AFP – GettyKelly Holmes at the 2004 Olympics[/caption]

Paula Radcliffe was fourth on the list

Laura Kenny, Rebecca Adlington and Jill Scott also made the list.

Retired track star Ennis-Hill topped the lot, having won gold at the 2012 Olympics with three world championships.

Serena Williams – who retired from tennis last year – was just behind.

Presenters Clare Balding and Gabby Logan also made the list, as did ex-footballer turned pundit Scott.

And England Lioness hero Scott – who captained the country to Euro 2022 success – just came outside the top ten.

A spokesman for Lottoland.co.uk, which commissioned the research to launch its Women’s World Cup sweepstake said: “There are some really influential women to be found in sport, across many different disciplines.

“But it has to be said that football is having a golden moment right now and it’s brilliant to see.

“What we love most is how many people have taken up a sport of their own after having watched women’s football.

TOP 20 MOST INSPIRATIONAL SPORTSWOMEN

Jessica Ennis-Hill
Serena Williams
Kelly Holmes
Paula Radcliffe
Laura Kenny
Rebecca Adlington
Venus Williams
Emma Raducanu
Princess Anne
Alex Scott
Jill Scott
Nicola Adams
Sally Gunnell
Zara Phillips
Gabby Logan
Clare Balding
Simone Biles
Beth Mead
Eilish McColgan
Naomi Osaka

“Not long ago, it was near impossible to catch a female team on the TV so having all of this coverage is clearly making a big difference.

“There’s still a way to go for women’s sport, but seeing the country get behind the World Cup this summer just goes to show that we’re all eager for more – we can’t wait for England’s first game against Haiti.”

The research also found more than a quarter of the names on the top 40 list were female footballers – after 52 per cent of adults watched the Lionesses win the Euros last summer.

APLaura Kenny celebrates on the podium during the Commonwealth Games[/caption]

GettyEx-swimmer Rebecca Adlington at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[/caption]

GettyVenus Williams during Wimbledon 2023[/caption]

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