Jo Pavey is crowned British Athletics Athlete of the Year

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Jo Pavey wins 10,000m European title at 40

European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey has been voted British Athletics Athlete of the Year.

The 41-year-old mother-of-two became the oldest gold medallist in European Championships' history when she won in Zurich in August.

Her first-ever international gold capped a fantastic summer for Pavey that also included bronze in the 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Pavey is one of seven category winners after a week-long public vote.

JO PAVEY CAREER FACTFILE
Major British debut: 1997 World Championships, Athens
Olympic Games: Has run at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Best finish fifth in 5,000m at 2004 Games
Major medals - Commonwealth Games: 5,000m silver in 2006; 5,000m bronze in 2014European Championships: 10,000m silver in 2012; 10,000m gold in 2014

Matthew Hudson-Smith, 20, has been crowned British Athletics Young Athlete of the Year after anchoring the England team to a 4x400m gold at the Commonwealth Games, then winning 400m silver behind fellow-Briton Martyn Rooney at the European Championships and gold in the 4x400m.

Double IPC European Championships gold medallist Hannah Cockroft, 22, is the Paralympic Athlete of the Year after 12 months in which she broke the T34 100m and 200 world records, adding European 100m and 800m titles to the Paralympic Games and IPC World Championships in 2012 and 2013.

Maria Lyle, 14, is awarded the Young Paralympic Athlete of the Year and Steve Fudge, who masterminded European titles for sprinters James Dasaolu, Adam Gemili and Jonnie Peacock, has been crowned Coach of the Year.

Swansea Harriers won the Club of the Year and Blair Pettigrew from North Ayrshire AC is Volunteer of the Year.

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