10 predictions for headline-making British sportswomen in 2015

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow
@toniacouch and @sarahbarrow


Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow (Vaughn Ridley/swpix.com)

The beginning of this season is in stark contrast to last when the 10m platform diver Couch dislocated her knee but the 25-year old soon caught up, winning individual medals during last year’s World Series. Barrow also became Britain’s first female individual European diving gold medallist since 1927. Onwards and upwards this year after these confidence boosts.

Alice Powell


Racing driver Alice Powell (Photo: Jason Keens)

Within a whisker of making her Formula One debut for the struggling Caterham at the end of last season, the 21-year-old racer looks like she could make further headlines this year if she and her team, which includes grandad Jim, can raise the funds to take advantage of any other opportunities that may arise.

Katie Summerhayes

Somehow nearly made the podium at the Sochi Winter Olympics in the slopestyle event despite only a recent recovery from horrendous injuries, we predict Summerhayes will make her mark at the upcoming Freestyle World Ski Championships in Austria from Jan 14th-25th.

Penny Coomes


Penny Coomes and ice dance partner Nick Buckland (Photo: Jo Gunston)

Alongside figure-skating partner Nick Buckland (@n_buckland), the duo wowed at the Sochi Winter Olympics even bringing the partisan Russian crowd to a roar. A confusing technicality meant the duo finished off the podium but they’ve started the season where they left off – flying.

Eniola Aluko

Chelsea and England footballer, Team GB Olympian, sports lawyer, oh and first female pundit on BBC’s Match of the Day, this year can only get better for the 27-year-old if England can do well at the Women’s World Cup throughout June.

Shauna Coxsey


Climber Shauna Coxsey (Photo: Jo Gunston)

Will this be the year that the ridiculously strong (see home page pic, copyright Shauna Coxsey via Twitter) climber becomes Britain’s first ever Bouldering World Cup champion? The 21-year-old has peppered the podium steps the past few years but the top step has so far eluded her.

Rebecca Tunney

Bit of a punt on this one as we’re not sure how Twiggy’s injuries are but if fit, the youngest member of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics could make a welcome return to the increasingly successful GB squad come the World Championships in Glasgow later this year.

Dame Sarah Storey

Not sure where this hour cycling world record business has popped up from but come the end of February it’ll be a big deal and Britain’s most decorated paralympian is giving the women’s record a go.

Sam Davies


Sailor Sam Davies (Photo: Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)

The skipper of Team SCA is competing with her all-female crew (you’ll know their boat, it’s the pink one) in the eight-month long Volvo Ocean Race. It’s not the first time there’s been an all-women boat but it is the first time all the boats have the same specifications. Currently fifth in the third leg of the race, the ladies are buoyed with confidence having won the Abu Dhabi In-Port race.

Pamela Cookey

No doubt chomping at the bit to get back into action having missed the Commonwealth Games after rupturing her Achilles, the Netball World Cup in August will see the England co-captain and her team try again to take down the dominant Aussies and Kiwis.

And one for luck…

Karen Darke

How are you getting on with your New Year’s health kick resolutions? Finding it tough? Ms Darke here had a go at an Ironman last year – so that’s a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle ride, finishing up with a marathon. I know, right? Oh, and she’s paralysed from the chest down. We won’t tell you how she got on but you’ll know all about it come March with the documentary ‘Impossible’ debuting at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.

By Jo Gunston (the one to blame come the end of the year…)

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