Ellie Robinson wins BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

Ellie Robinson, student at Northampton High School,  has been crowned as the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year 2016.

In the summer Ellie triumphed with a Gold medal at the Rio Paralympics in the S6 50m butterfly final where she set a Games record. Ellie also won bronze in Rio, breaking a British record in the 100m freestyle final, and has been described as a “great role model to both able-bodied and Para-athletes”.

Ellie was named Young Personality from a shortlist of three which also included rugby union’s Keelan Giles and fellow GSA student from Durham High School, gymnast Amy Tinkler. She follows in the footsteps of past winners, such as Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray and Ellie Downie.

Before Ellie left for London, she spent the day enjoying the House Plays and Celebration of Giving at School and earlier in the day was presented with a “biology challenge certificate” by Dr Stringer, Headmistress. Ellie said that she was “very excited” about appearing on BBC One’s The One Show.

On being presented with her award by gymnast, and former winner, Claudia Fragapane, Ellie said “It’s just been such an amazing year. It’s the icing on the cake,” and “I only really started swimming properly three years ago and it’s kind of snowballed.”

The final three contenders were picked from an original list of 10, which included Downie (gymnastics), Sophie Ecclestone (cricket), Tom Hamer (Para-swimming), Lauren Rowles (Para-rowing), Georgia Stanway (football), Jess Stretton (Para-archery) and Rebekah Tiler (weightlifting).

Dr Helen Stringer, Ellie Robinson’s headmistress at Northampton High School, described the Paralympic champion as “incredibly determined” and that Ellie’s success “comes from discipline, with really early starts and late finishes”.

Dr Stringer also said the school was “so proud” of Ellie’s achievements, which had given “the whole school a lift”, but they “try and keep things as normal as possible for her”.

Click below to see an interview with Ellie:

 

For more information visit the BBC website.

 

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