Boxer Marshall crowned Hartlepool Sports Personality of the Year

GOLDEN GIRL: Savannah Marshall pictured with her trophy. Picture by TOM COLLINS
GOLDEN GIRL: Savannah Marshall pictured with her trophy. Picture by TOM COLLINS
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SAVANNAH Marshall was crowned Hartlepool Sports Personality of the Year and admitted it almost felt as good as winning world gold.

Marshall picked up the cup at Hartlepool Sports Council’s annual awards ceremony at Seaton Carew Sports & Social Club last night.

Her success capped a whirlwind couple of weeks for the brilliant town boxer.

Marshall clinched her place at the Olympic Games when she won the middleweight gold at the World Championships in China.

The Headland ABC star reeled off a series of stunning wins in Qinhuangdao, climaxing on her 21st birthday with a thrilling 17-15 final triumph over Elena Vystropova.

But Savannah today told SportMail that collecting the Hartlepool Sports Personality of the Year trophy was “unbelievable”.

“It’s been a great couple of weeks,” Marshall said. “But to be honest, winning the gold in China has still not fully sunk in yet.

“It still feels like a dream.

“To get the invitation to the awards and then win the sports personality is unbelievable.

“I’ve never thought about winning anything like this before.

“I’m not sure anything compares to winning in the ring but this is a nice feeling to know that you have been given Hartlepool’s top sports award. I looked at the trophy and seen the likes of the Feeneys, Micky Hunter and Amanda [Coulson] had their names on it plus loads of people from other sports.

“It’s very important in Hartlepool sport so I feel honoured that they thought I was good enough to win it.”

Marshall was joined by parents, Christine and John, and brother, Charlie, at the presentation at Hornby Park.

Full story in Wednesday’s Mail