Lucy Bronze up for yet another award celebrating sporting achievement
4 December 2019
England footballer and Leeds Beckett University graduate Lucy Bronze will now turn her attention to a second awards ceremony within a month after finishing runner-up in the women's Ballon d'Or.
The fullback will go up against five other hopefuls on Sunday, 15 December after being shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year's Greatest Sporting Moment.
She was nominated after scoring a thunderbolt from the edge of the area to put England 3-0 ahead against Norway in the Women's World Cup quarter-final.
Her strike even got the approval of David Beckham who nodded in appreciation in the stands and high-fived fellow spectator Baronness Sue Campbell, the FA’s head of women’s football.
It will be the second awards ceremony in a matter of weeks after narrowly losing out to Megan Rapinoe who was named the women's Ballon d'Or on Monday night.
Very proud to finish runner up in the 2019 Ballon D’or— Lucy Bronze (@LucyBronze) December 2, 2019
Congratulations to all the ladies nominated, especially my @OLfeminin & @Lionesses teammates 🙌🏼 and of course the winner on the night @mPinoe ✨ pic.twitter.com/f1UburqFGI
The United States midfielder won after helping her country to retain the World Cup in France earlier this year.
Lucy, who is widely known as the best right-back in the world, was graceful in defeat after coming runner-up in an awards ceremony held on Monday night.
The winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year's Greatest Sporting Moment will be announced later this month.
Lucy graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2013, where she studied BSc (Hons) Sports Studies, and was a key member of the university’s women’s football team.
Ian Smyth, Head of Sport Coaching & Development at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Leeds Beckett University has a long history in producing world-class athletes and it’s always fantastic to see our alumni go on to achieve such unbelievable feats in their respective sports.
“Winning the upcoming BBC Sports Personality Greatest Sporting Moment would cap off a remarkable year for Lucy. She is up against some great other contenders and to be nominated in the same bracket is testament to her ability.
“Women’s football is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and Lucy has been a driving force behind making it more popular. Hopefully, her story will inspire other students to follow in her footsteps.”
Lucy, who was named the Uefa Women's Player of the Year a few months ago, has experienced an incredible 2019 with club side Lyon, winning the French league and cup double and the Women's Champions League.
She also starred in England's run to the semi-finals of the tournament, where they were beaten by eventual winners the United States.
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