March 7 2014 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Hornchurch youngster Amy Marren has been celebrating after being named Sunday Times and Sky Sports Disability Sportswoman of the year.
And it was almoste a double celebration for the teenager, who was nominated for the Young Sports Personality of the Year award given out by the BBC.
Although she didn’t make it into the top three, she went to her first awards ceremony in Leeds on Sunday when the gongs were given out.
“It’s been a tough year and this recognises my efforts at the end of it,” she said. “I’ve never been to an awards ceremony like this before so I’m really looking forward to it.
“I really didn’t expect to win. My friends tell me my face was a picture after it got announced on television.”
It was well deserved after Marren won four golds and two silvers at this year’s IPC World Championships in Canada, on top of two golds and two silvers at the British equivalent, and she has the 2016 Rio Paralympics in her mind – after just missing a medal in the 200m medley in London last year.
But Marren’s immediate thoughts are being concentrated on next year’s European Championships and Commonwealth Games.
The 15-year-old, who races a number of different events but says her favourite is the 200m medley, will find out in April if she’s qualified for both, adding: “I’m going to keep working hard next year and hope to be successful again.
“I couldn’t have done this without my coach Gary Rogers, family, friends and everyone else who has supported me.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the pool and going again.”
Marren doesn’t live the life most that normal 15-year-old girls but she says her friends at Upminster’s Hall Mead School do not treat her any different – she’s just the ‘normal Amy’ to them.
“They say it’s a bit weird seeing me on television then chatting to me at school the next day,” said the Romford Town youngster. “But they help me keep my feet on the ground.”