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Nominate Rachel Atherton for BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

We think you’ll agree that Rachel has had an amazing year.  The 2013 season has seen her collect a cupboard full of trophies including the World Championships win, the World Cup Series Overall, and British National Championship title. Four individual World Cup wins take her to a new level as the most awarded British Mountain-biker in the history of the sport with a total of 19 World Cup wins to her name.

Photo Credit: Sven Martin

Recently we’ve seen some long overdue coverage for downhill mountain-biking creeping in to the mainstream with exposure through Rachel’s guest appearances on the BBC’s Saturday Sports Day, BT Sports Panel Show, and BBC1’s Supersized Earth. She’s been featured in the Sunday Times Sports Section, appeared with brother Dan in the Relative Values section of the Sunday Times magazine  and was even mentioned on Radio 2 breakfast. The coverage looks set to continue with a scheduled slots on Sky Sports, BT Sports and ITV Wales.

We’d love to see Rachel and our sport as a whole gain the recognition they deserve. If you agree please nominate Rachel for.....

1) The 2013 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards by going online a t before November 4th.

Remember only the weight of your support will get Rachel onto the shortlist of 10. The Awards will be broadcast live by Sky on Thursday December 5th.

2) The BBC Sports Personality of the Year works differently – a panel of 10 will draw up a shortlist by the beginning of November – so we need you to help in a big way – with your tweets, your facebook posts, letters to the panel – anything that you can think of to draw attention to Rachel and her achievements

You can find out more about the award and check out who makes up this year’s panel at

Tweet @BBCSPOTY or use#SPOTY to help put @rachelatherton on the shortlist and Downhill Mountain-biking on the map!

Photo Credit: Sven Martin

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