Siren SUNDBY (NOR) who is currently competing in the single-handed dinghy event in Athens has been shortlisted for the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Award.
The Sportswoman of the Year Award recognises the exceptional athletic performances and achievements of female athletes over a twelve month period (1 August 2003 - 31 July 2004). Voting is now underway by the voting members of the WSF and the winners will be announced on October 18 2004 at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner.
Siren was awarded the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award in 2003 and her nomination profile reads as follows:
Sundby has been No. 1 on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Sailing Rankings for Olympic Classes, single-handed dinghy women since August 2003. In September 2003, Sundby won the ISAF World Championships in Cadiz, Spain. She won the 2003 World Championship in the Europe class with a race to spare and sat in a medal position from the outset. She was also voted the female ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2003. Sundby continued her dominance in April 2004, with victories at the XXXV Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Français in Hyeres, France. In May 2004, Sundby also won the ISAF Grade 1 SPA Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands. In July she won Europe Class Open Week followed by the Europe Class World Championship in Cagliari, Italy and will be representing Norway at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
The nominees for the Individual Award are:
Gail Devers (USA) - Track and Field
Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) - Tennis
Lindsey JACOBELLIS (USA) - Snowboarding
Sada JACOBSEN (USA) - Fencing
Regina JAQUESS (USA) - Water Skiiing
Tara KIRK (USA) - Swimming
Patricia MIRAND (USA) - Wrestling
Simone NIGGLI-LUDER (SUI) - Orienteering
Yulia PAKHALINA (RUS) - Diving
Annika SORENSTAM (SWE) - Golf
Siren SUNDBY (NOR) - Sailing
More information is available on the WSF website via the link below.