Freddy Wood was ‘overcome with joy’ after winning the national championships and did not expect to pick up the best one-off award for his performance at The News Sports Awards last Thursday.
The 12-year-old sailor competed over three gruelling days to pick up the Tera National Championship title last year.
Wood produced an impressive performance to come out on top against a fleet of more than 100 boats, earning him the one-off performance award at the ceremony at The Kings Theatre.
The Portsmouth Grammar School pupil said: ‘I’m really shocked because I didn’t expect to do well.
‘I didn’t think I had time to get enough votes to win.’
The Hayling Island Sailing club member was the youngest athlete to be nominated in his category.
The memories from the event at County Durham last autumn are still fresh in Wood’s mind, though.
‘I was really happy to win the national championships,’ he said.
‘When I won, I was overcome with joy because it was really tough.
‘I got top-three places in eight out of the 10 races so I was fairly consistent throughout the event.
‘It was quite overwhelming to compete there (Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club) because I’m a sea sailor at Hayling and it was held inland so it was a different experience to what I’ve done before.’
Now the youngster is putting in the work over winter to compete on the world stage in July.
He said: ‘I’m looking to win the World Championships in Holland in the summer.’