The Olympic and world heptathlon champion is up for the World Comeback of the Year award, while Usain Bolt and Genzebe Dibaba are also among those nominated in Laureus World Sports Awards
Jessica Ennis-Hill has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award.
Britain’s Olympic heptathlon champion won her second world title in Beijing last August following injury and just 13 months after the birth of her first child.
Also up for the comeback award is Kenya’s David Rudisha, who returned to win the 800m world title after three years of injury struggles.
“I feel very honoured to be nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award – 2015 for me was very special,” said Ennis-Hill. “To come back from having my son and win a gold medal at the World Championships in Beijing exceeded all my expectations.
“It was probably the toughest year of training I have had with so many injuries and physical changes to deal with along the way. My coach and medical team did an amazing job in getting me ready to tackle the heptathlon 13 months after Reggie was born – I still find it hard to believe I won. I would like to thank the world’s media for nominating me.”
A panel of some of the world’s leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters vote to create the six-strong shortlists of nominees in five categories – World Sportsman of the Year, World Sportswoman of the Year, World Team of the Year, World Breakthrough of the Year and World Comeback of the Year. The nominations for two additional categories – the World Action Sportsperson of the Year and the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability – are produced by specialist panels.
Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy then vote by secret ballot to select the winners.
Also among those nominated in the Laureus World Sports Awards is Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt for World Sportsman of the Year, plus Ethiopia’s world record-breaker Genzebe Dibaba and Jamaica’s seven-time world gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for World Sportswoman of the Year.
China’s Cuiqing Liu, who won four T11 titles at her first world championships, and Cuba’s Omara Durand, who broke the world 100m record to become fastest female Paralympian, have been nominated in the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category.
The full lists of nominees can be found here.
This year’s Laureus World Sports Awards will be held in Berlin on April 18, 2016, when the winners will be announced.