Savannah Marshall – Sports Personality of the Year

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THE demands of top-level boxing meant Savannah could not be there for her moment in the awards spotlight.

But proud dad John was over the moon when he picked up the Sports personality of the Year award on behalf of his daughter who was in Sheffield training for a tournament in Russia.

John Marshall(left) with the Sports Personality of the Year award he received on behalf of daughter Savannah from award sponsor Alex Carter of Durable Technologies.

John Marshall(left) with the Sports Personality of the Year award he received on behalf of daughter Savannah from award sponsor Alex Carter of Durable Technologies.

He said: “She will be chuffed to bits with this.

“She has come a long way and that is all down to hard work and dedication.”

Savannah became only the second British fighter in the great boxing history of this country, and the first female, to become a world champion when she won gold in China in 2012.

It made her favourite for the middleweight gold medal when women’s boxing was brought into the Olympic Games for the first time in London.

But Savannah lost a close and controversial quarter-final points decision. The Headland ABC boxer showed what she was made of mentally and physically when she went to the European Union Championships in Hungary and brought home the Under 75 kilo gold medal with three outstanding victories.

Judges of the inaugural Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards said the achievements of Savannah in the tough sport of female boxing could not be denied.

And for such an unassuming character, Savannah has been a standout representative of Hartlepool, they added.

Also shortlisted.

Richard Morrell.

Gary Wilson.