Jayda Pechová shortlisted for SportsAid award

Future Rose, Jayda Pechová has been shortlisted for the SportsAid One-to-Watch Award 2022.

Jayda Pechová has been named amongst the top 10 athletes to be shortlisted for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch Award for 2022.

The annual award, launched by the charity in 2006, shines a spotlight on the achievements of Britain’s brightest young sporting prospects.

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The Future Rose and Team Bath defender has been nominated onto a shortlist of 10 from a raft of 1,000 young athletes supported by the charity across 60 different sports.

Name Sport
Charlotte Jenman Judo
Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker Para Athletics
Gabrielle Holland Modern Pentathlon
Jayda Pechová Netball
Lucy Garlick Climbing
Marcus Chute Rowing
Marfa Ekimova Rhythmic Gymnastics
Mark Swan Powerlifting
Poppy Maskill Para Swimming
Yemi Mary John Athletics

The success of the One-to-Watch Award’s illustrious ‘Hall of Fame’ speaks for itself with previous winners including Tom Daley OBE, Hollie Arnold MBE, Courtney Tulloch and Alex Yee MBE – all of whom have amassed over 50 senior medals from Olympic and Paralympic Games, World and European Championships, as well as the Commonwealth Games.

Whilst Jayda’s playing career is still at its early stages, the defender has already enjoyed some initial success at youth level on the international stage. In 2021, Jayda was part of the team who took gold at the Europe Netball Under-21s championship and captained the Under-19s side this year to another gold medal. Domestically, Jayda has been a part of successful London Pulse squads, including Winners of the National Performance Grand Final 2022 (Under-21s) and runners-up in the National Performance League (Under-21s). Most recently, Jayda has signed with Netball Super League side Team Bath for the 2023 season.

Jayda is currently out in New Zealand preparing with a group of Vitality Roses for the upcoming Fast5 Netball World Series which takes place this weekend.

Commenting after hearing the news, Jayda said: “I was so shocked. I didn’t even expect it. I feel like I’ve had a great journey this year but I’ve never put it in perspective and being nominated made me realise how much I’ve achieved. It’s really exciting to know I’m going to be up alongside those kind of athletes in the future. I’m really proud.”

The winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award will be revealed at the charity’s Celebrate the Next event, taking place in London on Thursday 17 November.

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