Simm thankful for Sports Awards recognition

Dynamo gymnast Kelly Simm

Dynamo gymnast Kelly Simm

Tyesha Kirton in action. Picture: Gareth Jones/Sport-alive photography

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Kelly Simm revealed her excitement at winning the sportswoman-of-the-year prize at The News Sports Awards.

The 19-year-old gymnast won a gold medal with the England team on her Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow last year.

And she only narrowly missed out on a medal in the vault final, which was won by team-mate Claudia Fragapane.

The Whiteley gymnast also became British and English vault champion for the first time in her career.

She then rounded off the year by making the final at the World Championships in China in October.

In a fiercely-contested Sports Awards category, Heart of Portsmouth boxer Ebonie Jones finished runner-up.

Simm was unable to pick up her award at the gala ceremony at the Kings Theatre as she was training at the national centre in Lilleshall.

But while she couldn’t be there, the teenager was delighted to win the accolade and felt it was even more special that it came from a public vote.

‘I was really excited when I found out, I’ve never won the award before,’ said the Dynamo star.

‘It was really cool. I couldn’t be there but my mum and dad were there to pick up the award.

‘It’s really special the readers have recognised what I’ve done and my achievements.

‘It was such a good year for me and it’s nice it impacted on other people and not just me.’

Simm, who is studying sport science at Southampton Solent University, has another exciting year ahead.

Earlier this month, she was selected to go to the World University Summer Games in South Korea.

The event in July is another chance for Simm to improve her routine, compete on the world stage and win more medals.

The University Games take place every two years.

It is the largest multisport tournament in the world after the Olympics, with more than 10,000 participants from 150 countries.

Entries are made by British Universities & Colleges Sport, with Simm representing Great Britain in the youth event.

‘It’s really exciting, it’s what we train for,’ said Simm.

‘It’s in Korea so it’s going to be another different experience for me.

‘It’s an all-around competition so I will be trying everything.’

Simm’s first major competition takes place next month at the English Championships and is followed a fortnight later by the British Championships.

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