Women Leaders

2017 Women's Leadership Award recipient Nijole Medvedeva and European Athletics Vice President Jean Gracia
European Athletics

2017 Women's Leadership Award recipient Nijole Medvedeva recieves her award from European Athletics Vice President Jean Gracia

Not only were the male and female Rising Stars and European Athletes of the Year announced and presented with their awards at the 2017 European Athletics Golden Tracks award ceremony in Vilnius, Lithuania, but the evening also recognised outstanding the women’s leaders in athletics.

Each European Athletics Member Federations was asked to identify one winner for her work and accomplishments as a coach, volunteer, administrator or elected official.

The main criterion was “a significant contribution that serves as an example of leadership and other values of the sport of athletics.” From these nominees, 19 women’s leaders representing 19 Member Federations were recognised for their contributions.

The first to be recognised was Nijole Medvedeva from Lithuania who received the awards and artwork prizes at the Golden Tracks award ceremony on behalf of all the national winners from European Athletics Vice President Jean Gracia.

The remaining winners will receive their awards and artwork prizes in local ceremonies organised by their national Member Federations.

The biennial European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards were created in 2009 to promote the development of women leaders and gender equity in the sport and recognise their achievements.