Jodie Taylor wins BT Sport Action Woman of the Year

Melbourne City Women’s striker Jodie Taylor has capped off a remarkable 2017 by being named the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year.

The awards celebrate the achievements of incredible and inspiring female athletes, with Taylor taking out the main award ahead of World Cup-winning cricketers Tammy Beaumont and Anya Shrubsole, speed skater Elise Chrsitie, para-athlete Hanna Cockroft and Wimbledon semi-finalist Johanna Konta.

The 31-year-old forward was crowned the FA Women’s Player of the Year following an impressive EURO 2017 campaign in which she finished as the tournament’s Golden Boot winner with five goals.

Taylor thrust herself into the national spotlight after becoming the first English women’s player to score a hat-trick at a major tournament during the 6-0 demolition of Scotland.

England was knocked out in the Semi Final by host nation Holland, but Taylor’s prolific tournament saw her become the first English footballer to win a Golden Boot at a major tournament since Alan Shearer at Euro 96.

Taylor will join City this month for a seven-game guest player stint, having signed a permanent deal with Seattle Reign in the US National Women’s Soccer League.