Cricket legend and former captain of the England women’s team, Charlotte Edwards CBE, will be the guest of honour at this year’s East Hampshire Sports Awards ceremony in March.
Charlotte will be at the Old Thorns Hotel inspiring local sportsmen, women, coaches, officials and the people that support them; telling them about her extremely successful cricket career that saw her become England’s record run-scorer and a veteran of 309 caps in a career spanning 20 years.
Charlotte’s glistening international career began at just 16 and she went on to captain the women’s England team for more than 10 years and currently holds the record for the most One-Day International (ODI) England appearences.
She led the England side on 220 occasions, leading the team to three Ashes series’ in 2008, 2013 and 2014, as well as a World Cup and World Twenty20 (T20) double in 2009.
Edwards was the first female cricketer to score 2,000 runs in T20 internationals and was the first player, either male or female, to score 2,500 runs in T20 internationals.
She was also the first female cricketer to score 1,000 runs, take 50 wickets and take 50 catches in women’s One-Day Internationals.
Charlotte, who ended up scoring more than 10,000 international runs, was widely considered as one of the best female cricketers in the world as she continued to break records, pick up accolades and establish herself as a stalwart of the national team.
In 2009, Charlotte was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2014 for her services to cricket.
Charlotte’s speech at the sports awards ceremony will not only talk about her illustrious career on the pitch, but will also talk about how she inspired the next generation of female cricketers and how she was instrumental to a new professional era of contracts for the women’s team - having started her career in an amateur era and helped the sport develop into full-time careers for women.
Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Communities, said:
“We are honoured to have someone of Charlotte’s calibre at the sports awards ceremony this year.
“She has reached the absolute pinacle in her sport and will no doubt inspire everyone who comes to the event in March.
“She is a great role model and motivation for young sports people who aspire to be the best at their sport and it will be really interesting to hear her story and how much hard work went in to achieving what she did.”
The East Hampshire Sports Awards, organised by East Hampshire District Council, will take place on Thursday 14 March 2019 at Old Thorns Hotel in Liphook and will be hosted by athletics legend and Olympic silver medallist Roger Black MBE.
Nominations are still open and are being sought for the following categories:
• Junior Sportsperson of the Year
• Junior Disability Sportsperson of the Year
• Junior Team of the Year
• School Team of the Year
• Sportsperson of the Year
• Disability Sportsperson of the Year
• Coach of the Year
• Team of the Year
• Service to Sport
• Club of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Outstanding Personal Achievement
The deadline for nominations is Thursday 31 January 2019.
To download the guidance and nomination forms visit www.easthants.gov.uk/sportsawards2019