The European Athletics Women's Leadership Awards recognise and celebrate the important contributions made by women throughout Europe to the sport of athletics.
The biennial awards, which were given for the first time in 2009, are the centrepiece of European Athletics' strategy to promote the development of women leaders and gender equity in the sport.
For the 2011 edition, 30 European Atheltics Member Federations selected a national winner "whose work and accomplishments, other than in competition, are a significant contribution that serves as an example of leadership and other values of the sport of athletics."
This year's first award, including a specially commissioned artwork prize, will be given to a selected representative of the all the national winners during the European Athletics Awards Night in Tallinn, Estonia, on 12 October.
The remainder of the awards will be presented at national ceremonies.
Other European Athletics actions in this field include:
- Conducting a major research project through a network of nine Member Federations with the support of the European Union. To see the final report click here.
- Staging the 1st Women in World Athletics semiar in cooperation with British Athletics and the IAF Regional Development Centre Mosow. To see a report click here.
In April 2013 European Athletics and 38 of its Member Federations endorsed the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, a set of principles for promoting gender equity in sport. For more information click here.