Olympic champion Katie Archibald has been named Oriam Sportswoman of the Year at the Scottish Women in Sport awards.
Archibald, originally from Milngavie, won the award following a debut Olympic Games during which she and her team pursuit colleagues Laura Kenny, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Elinor Barker smashed the world record on three occasions on their way to a gold medal.
Archibald returned to competition at the UEC European Track Championships in Paris in October, continuing her Olympic momentum by winning two titles, the omnium and the individual pursuit. The latter represented her third successive continental title in this event.
The following month, she returned to her native Scotland to a hero’s welcome at the first Tissot UCI Track World Cup of the season in Glasgow. Riding the first ever world-level women’s Madison with Manon Lloyd, Archibald sensationally got back on the bike after suffering a broken wrist in a crash early on in the race, before winning the final sprint to give the British duo a memorable victory.
Reflecting on her award, the 22 year-old said:
“I’m really honoured to receive this award from the Scottish Women in Sport, especially in an Olympic year which saw some fantastic results by fellow Scottish sportswomen. It was a tough year for me as I had to overcome injury to make it to the start line but the hard work was worth it and I was so proud to win the gold medal in Rio alongside my team mates.”
Paul Manning, the coach of the Great Britain women’s team pursuit squad, said:
“This has been a great year for all of the elite women’s endurance squad, culminating in an Olympic Gold medal whilst setting a new world record in the process. As a member of this squad, it’s great to see Katie’s hard work, dedication and sporting achievement recognised in this way by Scottish Women in Sport.”
Along with her team-mates, Archibald is also nominated in the Vitality Team of the Year category in the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards.