Garner delight after SPOTY nomination
Teenage cyclist Lucy Garner spoke of her delight at being nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award, although admitted she would just be happy to make the top three.
Garner, 17, burst on to the scene earlier this year by winning the road race at the Junior World Championships in Copenhagen in September - following up her youth Commonwealth crown just two weeks earlier.
And although Garner is an outsider for the coveted prize she will still be up in front of millions of viewers on December 22 alongside household names such as 2009 Junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson.
Garner insists she is simply flattered just to be named among the top 10 young sport stars in the country.
"I can’t really believe it," said Garner. "It’s a bit mad and a bit crazy to be honest. It’s such a great accolade just to be nominated for this award.
"To be up there alongside people like Tom Daley is fantastic. Tom is obviously a phenomenal athlete and he is already at the top of his sport.
"I trained so hard this year and I thought just to be selected for the team was big enough so to end up being nominated for this award almost seems a bit surreal.
"Obviously to win it would be amazing but I would be more than happy if I got into the top three."
Rising star Garner now rides for the Motorpoint Pro-Cycling Team based in Staffordshire, coached by three-time British champion Keith Lambert.
The A-Level student has a tough job balancing training with her studies at Countesthorpe Community College but she maintains the school has been very supportive of her schedule.
And although Garner has an abundance of British cycling talent to look up to, including Olympic hopeful Victoria Pendleton, it is Dutch cyclist Marian Vos who is her true inspiration.
Vos has had unbelievable success this year winning events at both the UCI World Cyclo-cross and World Track Championships as well as finishing runner up in the UCI Road World Championships.
She said of Vos: "I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to be like her.
"She’s been so good across the disciplines she is an inspiration to anyone in the sport."