Two-time Junior World Freestyle Kayaking Champion Ottilie Robinson-Shaw has been shortlisted for the prestigious Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
Ottilie won the World Junior title in Sort, Spain in July this year. Having topped the podium in 2017, Ottilie proved she was the deserving winner once again as she progressed through each round undefeated.
Ottilie also added the bronze medal to her collection, picking up third place in the senior Squirt Boat final too.
On her nomination, she said: “I am lost for words, and so excited.
Kayaking has become a way of life for me, it’s why I study hard, it’s what drives me and I love it all. The competing, the training and just paddling with my friends, it’s really special.– Ottilie Robinson-Shaw
“I’m in a non-Olympic sport which is growing and it’s nice that we’re being recognised on a national level. I am really proud to be part of the progression.
“I want to thank my Mum and Dad, Aaron Dempsey and Dennis Newton for their help and support.”
It has been another exceptional year for 18-year-old Ottilie who scored so highly at the selection event, that her score was the highest ever women's ICF total of 1245. She broke the 1000 point barrier for the first time, and it would have placed her in the reserve spot for the senior men’s team.
Tim Ward, Team Manager for the GB Freestyle Team, said: “Ottilie is an exceptional and outstanding young woman. She is driven from within to constantly improve and succeed in competition, but is also a please to work with.
“She is a fantastic ambassador for our sport and would be very worthy of the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.”
Ottilie paddles for Lee Valley Paddle Sport Club, Tendring Canoe Club and Sudbury Canoe Club.