DEVIZES athlete Ophelia Pye capped a superb few months by being voted the Welsh Athletics Female Junior Athlete of the year.

The 17-year-old – who trains at Marlborough Athletics Club and Dauntsey’s school track in Devizes – claimed gold and smashed multiple records at the European Under-18 championships as a solo athlete in August before being part of the Great Britain team which scooped bronze at the Under-20s World Championships.

As a result of her achievements, Pye was also nominated for Athletics Weekly’s British Junior U20 Female Athlete of the Year.

Reflecting on the past few months, the 400m hurdler said: “It’s nice, given all the hard work you put in, to be recognised for that. And it’s a very, very big honour too.

“It’s also nice for coaches and other people who have supported you to feel like that has been recognised as well.

“It’s been an incredible time. I went up to Cardiff to accept the award from Welsh Athletics.

“It was really nice to meet the whole support team they have up there because I haven’t had that much to do with Welsh Athletics until recently.

“I’d love to compete a bit more for Wales at national events and things like that in the future.”