CHAM­PION’S GRAT­I­TUDE

Athletics Weekly - - News -

LAURA MUIR couldn’t hold back the emo­tion, a tear in her eye and her voice crack­ing as she thanked coach Andy Young and her friends and fam­ily as she be­came FPSG Ath­lete of the Year for the third time.

“This year has just been so tough,” she said of the task of win­ning medals along­side qual­i­fy­ing as a vet.

“It has just been so much. I was per­ma­nently shat­tered.

“When we had the world in­doors, a home cham­pi­onships, the Euro­peans, my first chance to win an out­door ti­tle, there was a lot of pres­sure.

“To have that home champs, to pass my fi­nals. Ev­ery­one knew it was my fi­nal year, ev­ery­body would know if I failed.

“It was a re­ally big year, not just phys­i­cally do­ing ev­ery­thing, but men­tally as well – jug­gling all that pres­sure and ex­pec­ta­tion.

“It (get­ting emo­tional) was just real­is­ing I had a lot of peo­ple who helped me and want­ing to thank them. Andy as well, coach­ing me through all that, try­ing to or­gan­ise ev­ery­thing.”

Night to re­mem­ber: Laura Muir re­ceived her award from Dame Kelly Holmes (left), while there was dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion when Andy Young was named Per­for­mance Coach of the Year (above). Derek Rae (below) was named Para Ath­lete of the Year fol­low­ing his marathon suc­cess

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