Strava Year In Sport 2023 Award winners unveiled

Average Rob and Arno The Kid after their finish at IM Klagenfurt (Picture: Triathlon Today)

Strava has announced the Year In Sport 2023 Award winners, recognising… ‘the athletes and clubs on Strava who stood out from the crowd and motivated everyone to get active this year.’

Across 12 different categories, the awards celebrate all aspects of the Strava community, from professional athletes to the Local Legends, to the trailblazers and the ‘must follows.’

Strava Year In Sport 2023 Award winners

  • Athlete of the Year – Demi Vollering
  • Best Follow of the Year – Average Rob
  • Trailblazer of the Year – Teniel Campbell
  • Activity of the Year – Hillary Gerardi
  • Endurance Athlete of the Year – Deo Kato
  • Crown Collector of the Year – Annemiek Van Vleuten
  • Artist of the Year – Frédéric & Mathilde De Lanouvelle
  • Team of the Year – Team Jumbo Visma
  • Strive For More Award – Black Girls Run, Latinas Run, Black Girls Do Bike
  • Most Active Club of the Year – Kings / Queens Rule Together
  • Most Fun Club of the Year – Sad Girl Track Club
  • Event of the Year – Black To The Trails

Rob Van Impe was voted the ‘Best Follow of the Year’. Also known as Average Rob) he has been recognised by Strava as… ‘a standout content creator who brings the hype and took on his first IRONMAN this year, a big motivator for the Strava community.’

“People who follow my channel know that I enjoy challenging myself, however, when we came up with the idea of completing a full IRONMAN, everyone considered us crazy,” said Van Impe.

“I trained for eight months with my little brother and documented every training session on Strava because, if it’s not on Strava, did it really happen? In the end, both of us successfully completed the full IRONMAN in Klagenfurt, with me tearing up 10 times because I knew I was achieving the goal I had worked so hard for and hopefully inspired others with my journey.”

This year, Strava is also giving back to the clubs that made an impact in the pursuit of improving gender equity and getting more women active. As part of Strava’s Strive for More initiative, which is a US$1 million commitment to support women in movement and sport, each organisation will receive a $10,000 donation to further each of their missions, including:

Black Girls Run (BGR) a nationwide USA movement to encourage and motivate Black women to get active and prioritise fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Since 2009, BGR has grown to about 75 local chapters across the US.

Latinas Run, founded in 2016, was created as a safe space for Latinas to connect and inspire each other through running or other fitness-related activities. With chapters across the US, Latinas Run is fostering healthy dialogues and impacting health outcomes in their community.

Black Girls Do Bike (BGDB) is a supportive community of women of colour who share a passion for cycling with 100+ chapters globally. By sharing the joy of cycling, BGDB is establishing a comfortable place where female cyclists can support, advise, organise meetups/rides, and promote skill-sharing.