Glamorgan and Cricket Wales women’s and girls’ pathway lead Aimee Rees was named Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards last night.
She is recognised as one of the leading figures in Welsh Women’s and Girls’ cricket and was shortlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year Award.
After a public vote, culminating on Thursday 2 November where she attended a glittering ceremony for the Sunday Times 2023 Sportswomen of the Year Awards. She was the deserved winner of her category, in large part due to her tireless work on the Women’s and Girl’s game in Wales.
She was stunned on a night she’ll never forget after being recognised for decades of outstanding community work with youngsters across her country.
Rees said: “I am totally overwhelmed, at no point did I think I would win as the other nominees were phenomenal women. Thank you to those who nominated me and voted for me. I feel incredibly lucky to work with, young inspirational women every day in Wales, in a sport that I love.
“At no point did I expect to win as the other women nominated were phenomenal and have achieved so much in their respective sports
“I have had so many lovely messages off players, parents and other coaches some of whom I haven’t worked with for 15 years or more. It’s been incredibly humbling and emotional this morning to read them all.
“There is no better time to be a female Cricketer in Wales the game is moving at a fast pace and it’s so exciting to see young girls getting the opportunity to pursue a career as a professional cricketer if they want to, or play the game with their friends in the thriving pathways and clubs.”
Times Sport said: “Congratulations to Aimee Rees for winning the Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year! Aimee has transformed cricket in Wales for women and girls with her hard work and dedication, running the sport virtually on her own.”