TOP 10 - SPORTS PERSONALITIES 2021
ALEX SCOTT MBE
A former England star and Arsenal legend, Alex Scott also played in the Olympics in 2012 and is without question an icon to young girls and women. She then went on to become the first female football pundit at a world cup for the BBC and the first female pundit on Sky Sports before calling on English football to keep the Black Lives Matter movement alive. This year she was introduced as the first female broadcast voice on FIFA and currently works for the BBC and Sky Sports.
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A two-time unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua is a global sporting icon and an undisputed role model. The boxer also recently rallied alongside his Watford community at a Black Lives Matter protest. He marched through the streets of his hometown before making a powerful speech while wearing all black, including one black leather glove.
A world-class footballer and destined for great things with Arsenal and England, Bukayo Saka has repeatedly and proudly protested against racism in the face of disgraceful discrimination. Despite only being 19, he is a shining example for being proud of who you are and standing up for what you believe in – making millions of children around the world look up to follow his example.
The fastest woman in British history, Dina Asher-Smith is the poster girl for Team GB at the 2020 summer games in Tokyo. She has protested in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and used her platform to speak openly in order to help bring about the need for real change. Asher-Smith has also made her support for athletes taking the knee at the games to highlight racial inequality, evoking the spirit of Tommie Smith’s and John Carlos’s powerful black power salute.
Emma Raducanu shot to fame this summer, wowing Wimbledon crowds with stunning tennis after being granted a wildcard entry in what was her first ever professional tournament. The 18-year-old spoke with poise in front of TV cameras after reaching the second week of the tournament and has already promised to be a voice for change.
Football star Jadon Sancho joined Bundesliga giants and European heavyweights Borussia Dortmund in 2017, showing young people desperate to get into the game that it is possible to carve out a stellar career on the continent. Only 21, Sancho refused to stay silent on the Black Lives Matter movement and amplified the message, regardless of the consequences. He signed for Manchester United this summer, having already helped to build a football pitch in his home community in London.
Jofra Archer has rapidly become one of the most exciting young all-rounders in English cricket, starring with the bat and ball. The 26-year-old has represented England all over the world, spoke out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement while also showing young people what it means to be proud of your heritage.
MOEEN MUNIR ALI
Moeen Ali has long represented the England cricket team in all formats of the game as an extremely talented all-rounder. The Worcestershire player has also used his platform to highlight issues of racism while also protesting important worldwide causes, no matter the consequences.
At just 13 years old, Sky Brown is Great Britain’s youngest ever Olympic athlete and will compete in the skateboarding event this summer in Tokyo. She is a role model for young girls in showing that anything is achievable.