#45) Elise Christie

#45) Elise Christie

Photo credit: Martin Holtom It’s difficult finding a genuine reason to dislike Elise Christie. Her quirky personality, motivational Instagram posts and relative humbleness despite her immense talent all serve to make the short track speed skater highly endearing. She is a journalist’s dream too, with her often brutal honesty and willingness to delve into some [...]

#44) Remi Allen

#44) Remi Allen

Remi Allen is a fighter. Possessing a never-say-die attitude combined with plenty of natural ability, the Reading midfielder is someone you’d always want playing for your team rather than against. No better was this proved than in the recent FA quarter-final win over Manchester United, where she scored one and assisted another during extra time [...]

#37) Laura Gallagher

#37) Laura Gallagher

Photo credit: Mike Driscoll “I just felt like a failure. I thought I’d failed at what I’d been trying to do and not only had I not achieved what I wanted, I just didn’t feel able to do anything.” Being a professional athlete is a career full of extreme highs and, sometimes, extreme lows. No-one [...]

#18) Lizzie Carr

#18) Lizzie Carr

Photo credit: Joel Caldwell As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. No-one understands this better than Lizzie Carr - or Lizzie Outside as many know her - who was diagnosed with cancer aged just 26. “It completely blindsided me to be honest,” she recalled. “I didn’t expect it at all. I thought [...]