Olympic and Paralympic medallists among winners at Women of the Year awards

Doreen Lawrence, author PD James, women's rights activist Zainab Salbi and singer Kate Woolveridge were the four other winners of the Women Of The Year awards.

Team GB's female Olympic and Paralympic medallists were today collectively among the winners of the Women of the Year Awards today.

Rebecca Adlington, Beth Tweddle, Christine Ohuruogu and Sarah Storey were among the Olympic representatives at the glitzy awards ceremony at a hotel in London's exclusive Park Lane.

Five awards are presented to women "who have proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness, dedication and achievement".

The other four winners included Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, author PD James, women's rights activist Zainab Salbi and singer Kate Woolveridge.

Katherine Grainger, who won gold in the Olympic rowing double sculls, said: "The slogan 'inspire a generation' was about kids. In all honesty, it's inspired every generation.

"I've met people all ages, all different backgrounds, all over the country, everyone's been inspired, touched, moved motivated and there's people doing things they would never have thought of before."

Lindsay Nicholson, editorial director of Good Housekeeping magazine, who presented their Women Of The Year award to Great Britain's summer medallists, said the athletes showed young women there was more to aspire to than being “size zero”.

She said: “London 2012 was, undeniably, the women's Olympics.

“Our incredible Olympians and Paralympians broke new records and won more medals than ever before. But, for me, most importantly they sent out a message to all young women that there is so much more to aspire to physically than being size zero.”

Baroness Kennedy QC, president of the Women of the Year awards, said: “The magic of this event and what makes it unique is the way in which it brings together the most fabulous women from the widest range of geographical, social, ethnic and political backgrounds - from the very well-known to unsung heroines doing outstanding work in their community.”

Ms Lawrence has campaigned for justice, victims of crime and police reform ever since her son Stephen was murdered in a racist attack in 1993. Two men were finally convicted and jailed for life for his murder in January.

Ms Lawrence was presented her award by pop star Beverley Knight.

Ms Knight said: “It is a joy to present such a quietly courageous, determined and humble woman, as Doreen certainly is, with an award.

“I have admired her for years, the grace with which she has dealt with injustice after cruel injustice on both sides of the law to eventually see some resolution. She is the embodiment of the saying 'never give up'.”

Clare Blampied, managing director of Sacla UK, presented best-selling crime writer PD James with her award.

She said: “Lady James is an inspirational winner for Sacla, loved by generations for her wonderful books written over the past 50 years and for her amazing energy, passion and enthusiasm for everything she tackles. Her impressive career is motivating, if a little daunting for us all.”

The only award decided by public vote, the Inspirational Woman Of The Year award, was won by Kate Woolveridge after a poll of viewers of ITV's Lorraine.

The mezzo soprano singer was recognised for her tireless work to promote awareness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in Cardiff through her work with the Forget Me Nots choir.

Zainab Salbi, the Iraqi-American activist, author and co-founder of Women for Women International, won the Barclays Women Of The Year Award.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Surrey County Council: Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term to Feb 2019)

£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower