Weston wins PLx Award
Matt Weston’s wonderful year continued on Tuesday evening as he won the Athlete Award at the PLx Awards hosted by UK Sport.
Weston was recognised for his sensational season on the ice and his impact off it at the annual event celebrating the high-performance sporting community in the UK.
Weston was one of a large number of nominees before making the top three ahead of the award ceremony, which he attended in person before heading off to La Plagne this morning for the second race of the new World Cup season.
The 26-year-old was chosen ahead of fellow World Champions Joe Clarke and Matt Richards from British Canoeing and British Swimming respectively after an incredible campaign that saw him win five of the eight World Cup races and both the European and World titles in Altenberg and St Moritz.
“I wasn’t expecting to be up here - there were some pretty amazing performances from Summer and Winter sports this year so just to be nominated was enough for me,” said Weston.
I believe the team around us have put us in a really good place. I’ve had a pretty successful year but it wasn’t just me - it was the rest of the team as well.
“There are a few goals I haven’t hit yet so I’ve got my eyes set on them, mainly the Milan Olympics in 2026!”
Matt Weston was recognised for his outstanding achievements last season
“What stands out about Matt is not only his unrelenting determination to be the best he can be on the sled but also his want and willingness to help his team mates and the programme move forward and be as good as it can be,” said British Skeleton’s Performance Director, Natalie Dunman.
“That’s brilliant to have within the programme - we have some great conversations with Matt about what’s going on and how we can move things forward.
Skeleton is a bit like a travelling circus, it’s like a family. Matt is that family member who will tell you what he wants and what he needs but will also help everybody else along the way and that’s great to have in the team.
“He won the World and European Championships and dominated the World Cup series last season, which was fantastic to see, but I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Matt Weston. He’s got unfinished business so watch out world, Matt Weston is coming.”
Matt’s next race comes in France a week on Friday, with a third World Cup competition scheduled for Igls in Austria a week later.