It’s customary for us to start these annual previews of the Sportswoman of the Year awards, which got under way in 2004, by talking about just how difficult a task it was for the judges to pick a winner, but when it comes to 2021, “difficult” would be the mother, father, auntie and uncle of all understatements.
Quite genuinely, six or seven, maybe even more, of those who won monthly awards in 2021 could have been an overall winner in any other year, the breadth of their achievements over the last 12 months – internationally and domestically, in team and individual sports – simply exceptional.
In the end, we managed to get 18 names, represe …