Turner shortlisted to defend title.
HAYLEY TURNER has been shortlisted to defend her William Hill Sportswoman of the Year crown, writes Andrew Scutts.
Turner beat Jessica Ennis by only 165 votes last year, and this time faces eight rivals who excelled during the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, plus up-and-coming tennis star Laura Robson.
Turner said: "One of my 2011 highlights was being the William Hill Sportswoman of the Year. I'm still touched that so many people voted for me, and the icing on the cake was winning my free bet. I backed Kauto Star to win the William Hill King George and donated my PS3,500 to the charity The Headway Brain Injury Association in Cambridge.
"Awards such as this are very important for highlighting the quality of women's sport and I hope everyone finds the time to vote for the 2012 contenders."
The award was introduced last year to celebrate female achievement in sport in a year when the BBC did not include a single female sportsperson in their shortlist of ten. Of the 46,662 votes, Turner bagged 11,135.
You can vote for this year's winner through a coupon available in Hills shops from now until December 2, or online at http://bit.ly/2012swoty, with the winner announced on Tuesday week.