Sophie Hahn’s father spoke of his glowing admiration for his daughter after she was crowned Disabled Sports Person of the Year.
The incredible 20-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal year having scooped gold and silver in her debut in the Paralympics in Rio.
This summer she followed that up with some incredible performances in the World Para Athletic Championships in London.
The Nottinghamshire sensation won double gold in the T38 100m and 200m and set new world records in the process.
She faced some tough competition in swimmers Charlotte Henshaw, Ollie Hynd and race-runner Muninder Singh Hayer.
Sophie was not present to collect her award at the ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre, with proud father Dave doing so on her behalf.
And he said his daughter, who has cerebal palsy, would have been absolutely thrilled to land the prize.
“It will mean such a great deal to her and she was ever so sorry that she couldn’t collect it in person,” he said.
“She is finally being recognised for her achievements because she has had a wonderful year.
“This year has been very special especially on the back of what she achieved at Rio.
“The worlds were the first time she has ever completed in front of her home crowd in her life.
“This is just the extra icing on the cake.”
Hahn’s father said he was incredibly proud of his daughter’s achievements in which she has won plenty of praise and headlines for a string of outstanding performances.
She has never failed to reach the podium at major competitions and has proven to be a formidable athlete.
Sophie was also handed an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to athletics which underlines her reputation in the sport.
She has commanded plenty of attention for her quality, but Dave said she does not like much attention.
“We never really expected anything from Sophie, because Sophie is just Sophie,” he said.
“She had a pretty rough start in life but over the last three or four years she has been amazing.
“I am just so pleased for her because she would not have much else in life if it wasn’t for athletics and all that goes with it.
“She shows extraordinary dedication and trains just about every day.
“She is very humble and she never expects to win. Sophie is very proud but would never shout out about her success.
“She is very quiet and shy and doesn’t like all the attention.
“I am immensely proud of all my children and her brothers are certainly very proud of their sister.”