AS captain of Saint’s history making women’s rugby league team, Jodie Cunningham was named as Sportsperson of the year.

After an unbelievable few years for both the men and women’s teams, Jodie lifted the Women’s Super League trophy in October which secured the treble for the season as well as a Grand Final double for the club.

St Helens Star: Jodie Cunningham

Jodie is interviewed by Fraser Dainton

In a tremendously strong category which included Olympian Harry Coppell and Saints prop forward Alex Walmsley, Jodie took home the award after leading her team to a record breaking season, in addition to winning Woman of Steel and representing the club in her work with the Rugby League World Cup and the RFL.

However, in a room full of people who have done “incredible things”, Jodie said it was a “complete honour” to receive the award, sponsored by Saints RLFC.

St Helens Star: Kristian Woolf

On stage with Saints men's coach Kristian Woolf

As an ambassador for Saints and a role model for young girls with dreams to play rugby league, Jodie, who can operate in the full back and loose forward positions, said the win was “massive” for her personally and the women’s game more broadly.

Jodie said: “This is a dream come true. I do struggle to accept this as it is a team sport, but I am really humbled and really proud. I have to keep pinching myself that I have actually won this.

St Helens Star: Pride

“When I was younger it was really rare that any girls played rugby so the thought that I will be inspiring more and more young girls to play is just amazing, and they can go on to do amazing things.”

Harry and Alex were both highly commended.