Ellie Robinson named BBC Young Sports Personality of the YearDecember 14, 2016
Paralympic champion Ellie Robinson has been named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2016.
The 15-year old starred on her Paralympic debut at Rio 2016 this year, winning gold in the S6 50m Butterfly.
Robinson broke the Paralympic record in the final, taking gold in 35.58.
The Northampton swimmer added a second medal with bronze in the S6 100m Freestyle, finishing ahead of her idol Ellie Simmonds in the final.
The para-swimmer was presented with her award by gymnast, and former winner, Claudia Fragapane on BBC One’s The One Show.
“It’s just been such an amazing year. It’s the icing on the cake,” said Robinson.
“I only really started swimming properly three years ago and it’s kind of snowballed.”
- Click here to watch a video of Ellie receiving her award.
Good record for English aquatics athletes
Robinson continues a good record for English aquatics athletes in the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
Swimmer Kate Haywood won in 2013 while diver Tom Daley landed the prize in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
English para-swimmers have lifted the award in the past two Paralympic years. Ellie Simmonds won in 2008 while Josef Craig won four years ago.
Rio 2016 Paralympic medallist Tom Hamer was shortlisted in the final 10 for the award this year.