Influencer Award Shortlisted Nominees
The Influencer Award celebrates the influencers who have used their voice to inspire the nation during the lockdown period.
2020’s nominees are:
Alice Liveing spent lockdown running regular livestream Instagram workouts for her 680,000 followers in an effort to keep people active. Liveing, who is a qualified personal trainer, is also an ambassador for Women’s Aid and used her platform to speak about the rise in cases of domestic violence during lockdown. As a survivor of domestic violence herself, she raised awareness of the signs of an abusive relationship and shared helpline details.
Imogen Callaway is a Ride Leader and Area Coordinator for British Cycling’s recreational women’s cycling programme, HSBC UK Breeze, in the Devon and Cornwall area. Callaway has taken more than 230 women on bike rides since last year, helping women from the most beginner level to those looking to do longer rides but finding the male-dominated cycling world a bit intimidating. During the lockdown period, Callaway posted videos of her lone cycling adventures on YouTube, encouraging others to take up cycling or get out on their bikes. As soon as restrictions were lifted, she began running sessions in groups of six which have been constantly oversubscribed.
Ebony Rainford-Brent, a cricket commentator and former player, launched the African-Caribbean Engagement (ACE) programme with Surrey Cricket Club this year, aiming to engage young black people in the local area with cricket. The programme has already had 25 graduates. Rainford-Brent, who was the first black woman to play for England and the first female cricketer to score three consecutive ducks in women’s T20 history, is a broadcaster for the BBC’s Test Match Special and for Sky Sports. Her broadcasting about racism in cricket alongside Michael Holding went viral in July.
Shaunagh Brown, an England and Harlequins rugby player, has been a leading voice in the sport’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and is a role model to ethnic minority women and girls who want to play rugby. Brown, who was one of the first women in history to receive a full-time contract to play international rugby, has been consulted about the game’s efforts to combat racism in the sport and joined a panel this summer with former England player Maggie Alphonsi and Sevens player Deborah Fleming to discuss race within rugby. During the month of October, she is using her Instagram page to post an historical fact a day about black history.