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Elite athletes name Emma Finucane as Athlete of the Month January 2023 View all news

Elite British athletes from over 40 sports have voted Welsh cyclist Emma Finucane as their Athlete of the Month for January 2023.

The award is facilitated by the British Elite Athletes’ Association, with Finucane receiving over 50% of the vote from elite athletes on World Class Programmes, who are eligible to decide their winner from a shortlist of four each month.

Finucane earned the inaugural trophy having ended the month on a high by winning a clean sweep of four titles at the British National Track Championships in Newport. Securing wins in the sprint, keirin and 500m time trial, and the team sprint alongside Katy Marchant and Milly Tanner, the 20-year-old became the first sprinter to achieve an unbeaten record at the championships since Marchant in 2015.

She took the women’s national 500m title in just 33.981, and has previously won two bronze medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Introducing elite British athletes’ January 2023 Athlete of the Month: @BritishCycling‘s Emma Finucane 🏆

Four national titles in one month. Well earned, @EmmaFinucane123!

Find out more about Emma’s win ➡️

— British Elite Athletes Association (@GBEliteAthletes) February 16, 2023

Winning silver at the 2023 Track Elite European Championships in Switzerland, Finucane sustained her success into February.

Finucane topped the nominee list comprised of para-swimmer Tully Kearny, runner Lynsey Sharp and skeleton racer Matt Weston, each of whom enjoyed stellar personal months. The Athletes’ Athlete of the Month award is given to elite British sportspeople for their achievements in competition or elsewhere, such as personal development, inspiring comebacks, charity work, awareness raising and more.

Thank you to every athlete that voted, and congratulations to Emma for winning, as well as to Tully, Lynsey and Matt for their nomination.

Elite British athletes, to cast your vote next time, keep an eye on your emails from the BEAA.

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