Emma Bristow wins the 2015 Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year Award

Women’s World Trials FIM Champion Emma Bristow was crowned the Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards last night.

Emma sought off competition from all the other 15 award winners including the winner of the Sportsman of the Year, Peter Hickman – the British Superbike and Isle of Man TT rider.

Emma Bristow wins the Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year Award. Photo: Adam Tomlinson

Emma Bristow wins the Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year Award. Photo: Adam Tomlinson

The Boston born trial rider also won the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award after finishing runner-up to last years Sportswoman and Sport Personality of the Year Jade Etherington, in the same category.

After winning the award Emma told us: “It’s really great (to win the award).

“It’s really great to have recognition in the county and the local areas. I’ve got a lot of people in my sport that know me, but to have people in the local area to recognise me is really nice.”

The 25 year-old is the Trial and SuperEnduro World Champion. Last year she retained the World Trials Championship and the British National Trials Championship and is the Women’s World Number One.

“It’s been a really good year. I’ve defended my two world titles from last year, it was difficult because I felt the pressure but I’m really happy and can’t wait to start fighting for next year.

“I want to continue what I’m doing for as long as I can, as long as I’m winning I’ll carry on doing it. To have fun and keep enjoying it is important.”

At the age of just 17 Emma made the decision to try and become a professional sportswomen and rode bikes from a young age with other members of her family.

“I rode with my family at a young age and it was just normal for a girl to ride. I never even dreamt of riding in the World Championships, I just started at club level and then nationals.

“Young women should get involved in sport, even if it’s male dominated, get involved with the boys and show them you can do it as well. Don’t be scared.”

The award signalled the end of the proceedings, with Emma picking up two of the biggest prizes.