England and Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps has been honored with The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year award.
The 30-year-old earned the Golden Glove award for her exceptional performances with the Lionesses at the World Cup. She secured three clean sheets and allowed only four goals in seven matches. Mary Earps also played every minute for Sarina Wiegman’s team during the tournament. In the final in Perth in August, she made a crucial penalty save. However, England ultimately finished as runners-up to Spain.
“I’m very honoured…it’s amazing to have so many incredible people in the room. We are all trying to create change and empower women. I’m just trying to change the world a bit on the side when I’ve got time!” She said after winning the award.
“Mary Earps’ performance at the 2023 Football World Cup cemented her spot as one of the game’s greatest goalkeepers. Her and the rest of the Lionesses showed determination, skill, and resilience to reach the finals and will continue to inspire many young girls for years to come,” said Sunday Times editor Ben Taylor.
In their 36th year, these prestigious awards celebrate and recognize the exceptional contributions of female athletes in the world of sports. The Manchester United goalkeeper outshone other nominees, including English cricketer Tammy Beaumont, seven-time Paralympic gold medalist Hannah Cockroft, and two-time global heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
Mary Earps will return to action when Manchester United faces Brighton on the road on Sunday, November 5.