Forsell proud to be named Leeds Sportswoman of the Year

Leeds Rhinos star Lois Forsell was named the winner of the Leeds Sportswoman of the Year at the annual Leeds Sports Awards at First Direct Arena.

Forsell, who started her career with Leeds community club East Leeds, captained the Rhinos Women in their first ever season and led them to success in the Challenge Cup and to the League Leaders Shield.

The England international was unable to attend the event due to an ACL operation, but sent her thanks for honour.

“I am hugely proud to win this award,” said Forsell.  “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that voted for me and I am thrilled to have won the Leeds Sportswoman of the Year award and am quite shocked.  To be up there in a category with so many top female athletes was more than enough for me but to have actually won it is something I am really proud of so thank you to everyone who voted for me.

“I would have loved to have been at the event to collect the award and represent the club, but unfortunately I have had recent operations on my knee following my ACL injury last year and so I was unable to go.

“2018 was a great year and as a Leeds lass I was so so proud to represent my home town club, Leeds Rhinos, and captain them to the Challenge Cup and League Leaders Shield and it will be something I will remember forever, with it being the inaugural year for the team.

“I would like to thank all my friends and family for their support in good times and also the difficult times.  I would also like to thank all the players and coaches who I have played with over the years, as I wouldn’t be where I am or collecting this award without them.”

Alongside her role with Leeds Rhinos Women, Forsell is the Women and Girls Development Officer for Leeds Rhinos Foundation and said she was also proud to see Corpus Christi, a school she has worked with for many years, win the Young Team of the Year after becoming the first team from Leeds to win the RFL’s Champion Schools Final.

“I am so proud of the players and staff from Corpus Christi and it was wonderful for them to be recognised for their amazing year.  They have some very talented players who work really hard and I am sure they will go onto have even more success!  Women’s Rugby League is thriving in Leeds and I am sure there will be a few more female rugby players from the city will go onto follow in my footsteps and win the Sportswoman of the Year award!”