We are encouraging you, the nation, to vote for the Olympian whose performance inspired them the most at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as the online ballot opens for Team GB’s ‘Great Britain’s Choice Award’.
The award, presented by Team GB’s official supermarket partner Aldi, will feature as part of the inaugural Team GB Awards and gives the British public the chance to honour an athlete or team who inspired them and captured the hearts of the nation through their performances at Rio 2016.
Voting closes on Friday 11th November and all winners will be announced at the Team GB Ball on November 30th, with further awards to be unveiled in due course.
Members of the public can vote here via the Team GB Ball website and choose from the shortlisted six nominees who were selected for the award by the BOA’s Athletes’ Commission.
The nominees for the Great Britain’s Choice Award are:
Held at Battersea Evolution, the Team GB Ball is set to be an evening full of great entertainment and Olympic excitement with unique access to the world of Team GB.
It’s an opportunity to celebrate the success of Rio 2016 with the athletes along with stars from the world of sport, fashion and entertainment.
Adam Peaty claimed Team GB’s first medal at Rio 2016 with gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke on Day 2 of the Games. Peaty broke his own world record in the final with a time of 57.13 and became the first Briton to win an Olympic swimming gold medal in 28 years.
Andy Murray became the first ever athlete to defend the men’s Olympic singles title following an epic four set gold medal match with Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro on. Before his golden success, Murray was also given the honour of carrying the Union flag at the Opening Ceremony and leading Team GB into the Maracana.
Laura Kenny made history in Rio by becoming the first British female to win three and then four Olympic titles. Kenny, who married fellow track cyclist Jason Kenny shortly after the Games, collected her first gold after triumphing in the women’s team pursuit before going solo with a storming victory in the omnium.
Mo Farah completed a famous ‘double double’ in Rio by becoming only the second man ever to win 5000m and 10,000m golds in consecutive Olympic Games. Defending the titles he won at London 2012, Farah looked in unstoppable form and could even afford to fall in the final of the 10,000m before recovering to storm to gold.
Prior to Rio 2016, Team GB had never won an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics but thanks to Max Whitlock the country now has two. After winning Britain’s first-ever all-around medal, Whitlock added two golds to that bronze in the space of one afternoon with victories on the floor and pommel horse to take his total Olympic medal tally to five.
After a thrilling 3-3 draw, Team GB’s women’s hockey side claimed gold with a dramatic shootout victory over defending champions the Netherlands. The team won all eight of their matches in Rio and, in triumphing in the final, became the first British women’s hockey side to step onto the top of the podium in what was their first ever Olympic final.