Aitana Bonmatí and Simone Biles Headline 2024 Laureus World Sports Awards in Madrid

Spain’s World Cup-winning Aitana Bonmatí (pictured) and USA Gymnastics’ Simone Biles headlined women winners on the 2024 Laureus World Sports Awards stage at the iconic Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, 22 April, 2024. In this file photo, Bonmatí is pictured celebrating after Spain’s victory in the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Final match over England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. File Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The 2024 Laureus World Sports Awards celebrated remarkable women athletes, with Aitana Bonmatí and Simone Biles leading the charge at the iconic Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, 22 April, 2024.

Bonmatí, the dynamic footballer, made history as the first footballer ever to win the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award. Her outstanding contributions to the sport, along with representing the victorious Spain team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, underscored her remarkable talent and impact on women’s football globally.

Simone Biles, the reigning queen of gymnastics, was honoured with the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award following her sensational return to gymnastics after a two-year hiatus.

Her journey from overcoming adversity to triumph served as an inspiration to athletes worldwide, highlighting the power of resilience and determination.

Additionally, other exceptional women athletes were recognised at the prestigious event. Arisa Trew, the Australian skateboarding prodigy, made history by becoming the first female skateboarder to win the Action World Sportsperson of the Year Award, showcasing her groundbreaking achievement of landing a 720 in vert skateboarding. 

Diede de Groot, the formidable wheelchair tennis star, extended her dominance by winning the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, further solidifying her status as one of the greatest athletes in wheelchair tennis history.

Women Winners at the 2024 Laureus World Sports Awards in Madrid 

World Sportswoman of the Year: Aitana Bonmatí
World Team of the Year: Spain Women’s Football Team
World Comeback of the Year: Simone Biles
World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Diede de Groot
World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Arisa Trew


Main Photo Caption: Spain’s World Cup-winning Aitana Bonmatí (pictured) and USA Gymnastics’ Simone Biles headlined women winners on the 2024 Laureus World Sports Awards stage at the iconic Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, 22 April, 2024. In this file photo, Bonmatí is pictured celebrating after Spain’s victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Final match over England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. File Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Photo 2 Caption: Diede de Groot accepts the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award. Photo: Borja B. Hojas/Getty Images

Photo 3 Caption: Australian prodigy Arisa Trew won the 2024 World Action Sportsperson of the Year award. Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images for Laureus

Photo 4 Caption: Aitana Bonmatí, Salma Paraluello and Ivana Andrés accept the Laureus World Team of the Year award for Spain. Photo: Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images for Laureus

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