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Adlington: I'm a bit of a 'grandma'

Rebecca Adlington has confessed she is a "bit of a grandma" when it comes to her social life, and prefers a night on the sofa to a night on the town.

The 24-year-old Olympic swimmer has just returned from the Australian jungle where she competed in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and attended the BBC Sports Personality Awards' glamorous ceremony in London.

Rebecca showed off her toned figure and gorgeous tan in a slinky teal dress. But she said being in front of the cameras is not something she craves.

The gold medalist confessed: "I'm just not a very showbiz person. I'm a bit more of a 'take my dogs for a walk and go to the shop and spend time with my family and friends' sort of girl. That's just kind of my lifestyle.

"I like to stay on the sofa and watch a DVD, over going to a party. I'm a bit unsociable in that way. I'm a bit more of a grandma!"

Athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill also strutted her stuff on the red carpet in a figure-hugging cobalt designer dress with black net shoulders. She attended the awards with handsome husband Andy who she married in May.

Britain's tennis hero Andy Murray was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013. The 26-year-old, who ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion at Wimbledon this year, was presented with the famous trophy by former tennis star Martina Navratilova after topping the public vote.


The Scot, who was overwhelming favourite to win the prize, beat British and Irish Lions rugby union player Leigh Halfpenny who finished second and horse-racing jockey AP McCoy in third place.


Murray did not attend the ceremony last night as he undergoes rehabilitation in America following back surgery. Appearing via a satellite link from Miami, Murray thanked the public for their support over the last two years which he said had made "a huge difference" at Wimbledon.


"I couldn't have done it without you," he said.


"I know sometimes I'm not the easiest person to support but I've had a lot of pressure on me for a long time so I'm just glad I managed to break through."


Murray joked that "no matter how excited I try to sound my voice still sounds incredibly boring".


"I'm very happy and excited right now," he said. "That's just my voice, I'm sorry."


A visibly emotional Murray apologised for not attending the star-studded event, which took place in front of an audience of thousands at the First Direct Arena in Leeds and millions of viewers watching on television at home.


"I couldn't have got to the position I'm in if I didn't take my training and my preparation extremely hard," Murray said.


"I've dedicated probably the last 10-15 years of my life to this so thank you very much everyone and I'm sorry I couldn't be there.



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