Long-distance swimmer Keri-Anne Payne made it on to the stage at the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, but not quite in the capacity she would have hoped for.
Having regained her world 10km open-water swimming crown in Shanghai just a few months earlier, she would have more than merited a place on the shortlist for the top award. However, she had to settle for presenting a gong.
For this driven 24-year-old, who competes in arguably the most gruelling Olympic discipline of them all, playing a supporting role does not come easily.
Out of the water, the South Africa-born athleteRead More »from British medal hopes: Keri-Anne Payne