Our WPG Team Players, Sofie Junge Pedersen, and David Wheeler were nominated for “Athlete of the Year” for the second-ever BBC Green Sports awards!
These awards are in light of BBC Sport celebrating organizations and current and former athletes working hard to enact and inspire change.
Alongside Australia’s cricket captain Pat Cummins, EV Bozen Eagles Ice Hockey player, Jacqueline Pierri, and four-time Formula 1 champion, Sebastian Vettel, Sofie and David are apart of an inspiring group of athletes who are using their platforms to speed up the green shift.
David was nominated for the great effort he has made to create awareness and engagement of the planetary crises. In the last year, David has become the Professional Footballers’ Association’s “Sustainability Champion”, participated in a panel about sport and climate change at Glastonbury, and was the first player to sign the letter WPG participated in that called FIFA out for transparency around its carbon neutrality claims.
Sofie was nominated on behalf of her “leadership and vocal advocacy” about sustainability within her ex-club, Juventus. As a very engaged player on and off the pitch, Sofie uses her passion and platform to to educate not only her fellow teammates and club, but also her fans.
This year, it was Pat Cummins who won the BBC Green Sports “Athlete of the Year” award. However, this victory is for all of us because the sports world is becoming more conscious of the role it has #2play in speeding up the green shift! We wish a huge congratulations to all the athletes involved, and especially to Pat!