Matt Weston claims Athlete Breakthrough Award at PLx Awards

Matt Weston claimed the Athlete Breakthrough Award at the 2023 PLx Awards.

The PLx Awards recognise outstanding achievements and contributions from across the high-performance sport community over the last 12 months.

Skeleton world champion Matt Weston claimed the Athlete Breakthrough Award after making history becoming the first British male to claim the world title while spearheading the most successful season for GB on the ice.

Matt Weston said: “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.

“I believe the team around us have put us in a really good place. We’re in such a better place, I’ve had a pretty successful year it wasn’t just me, but 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 Milan!”

The annual coming together of the high-performance community took place in Stratford-upon-Avon on 28 November, where seven award winners from the elite high-performance sector across Olympic and Paralympic sport were celebrated by their peers.

The PLx Awards 2023, powered by The National Lottery, is a celebration of the outstanding achievements of those who continue to contribute to making extraordinary sporting moments happen. The Awards are part of PLx, the annual conference for leaders from the high-performance community to connect, collaborate and learn.

Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport said: “What a year of fantastic performances from incredible individuals.  I’d like to thank, and congratulate, every nominee, every winner, as well as the amazing array of people who played a role in helping to create these special moments. With the Olympic and Paralympic Games just around the corner, the past year has been crucial for all sports heading into Paris 2024 and for those on the journey to Milan 2026, a very busy one too.  It can be too easy to keep moving forward with the increasing momentum, so it’s important that we take the time to pause, to recognise and celebrate.

“It has been another inspiring sporting year with world-class events taking place in the UK and world-leading performances on show from British athletes. Much of this has been made possible thanks to the support of The National Lottery.

“We’ve also seen a positive change in putting social impact and sustainability at the heart of sporting operations and activity. As ever there is so much to celebrate and also to look forward to.”

Header image: Matt Weston wins the Breakthrough Athlete award at the 2023 UK Sport PLx awards. Credit: Allan McKenzie/

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