Dame Tessa Jowell was hailed for her “enduring impact on British sport” on Thursday night as an award was launched in her honour at the BT Sport Industry Awards.
Jowell, who spearheaded the Government’s efforts to land London 2012, deserves the recognition for her part in the “greatest sporting event this nation has aver held”, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said. The star-studded night, partnered by Telegraph Women’s Sport, at Battersea Evolution in London also saw Raheem Sterling recognised for speaking out against racism in football.
Blair said he was honoured to announce the renaming of the social impact award in the wake of Jowell’s death aged 70 last May. He added she had a unique capacity for sport’s “colossal ability” to do good. “We would never have launched the bid without Tessa,” he said. The award was presented to organisers of the Ocean Race, the gruelling round-the-world yacht race.
Event host Alex Scott, who played for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, also credited the former Labour MP with creating a “turning point” for women’s football in the UK.
“For us, 2012 was the turning point, the moment,” Scott told the Daily Telegraph. “To play against Brazil at Wembley and get 70,000 people, that was definitely a turning point for women’s football.”