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