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Stephanie is the nation’s top disabled sportswoman

Stephanie Slater, pictured at  the civic reception held in her honour to mark the success at the Commonwealth Games.
Stephanie Slater, pictured at the civic reception held in her honour to mark the success at the Commonwealth Games.
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Longridge swimmer Stephanie Slater has been named Disability Sportswoman of the Year.

The 23-year-old was voted winner in the Sunday Times and Sky Sports awards.

Stephanie was training in Rio de Janeiro, so was unable to attend the star-studded awards ceremony herself.

She fought back tears when told she had won, saying: “I feel so honoured to have won this award, especially given the quality of the other sportswomen in the running.

“I’m totally blown away by this. It must have been such a hard task for them to narrow the field down.

“I want to say a massive well done to the other sportswomen in this category. They have all achieved so much this year.”

Stephanie started out as an able-bodied swimmer, and was training for the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 when severe nerve damage led to her losing the use of her left arm.

She missed out on the London Olympics, but won silver in the 100m freestyle event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

She then went on to scoop an astonishing seven gold medals in the S8 category of the European Championships.

Stephanie won the 50m freestyle in a European record time of 30.44, the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke plus the 200m individual medley.

She also struck gold as part of the 4x100m medley and freestyle relay squads.

The awards organisers described her as “the star of the European championships” who put in a “magnificent performance.

Also nominated for the award were Libby Clegg (athletics), Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans (alpine skiing) and Jordanne Whiley (wheelchair tennis).