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Dame Sarah named Mum of the Year

Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey has been named Celebrity Mum of the Year and has some parenting advice for Simon Cowell: "He needs to get his hands dirty."

The 11-time Paralympic champion from Manchester was crowned at a star-studded ceremony in The Savoy Hotel in central London.

Dame Sarah, 36, was asked whether she thought music mogul Cowell was missing out after he reportedly said he does not change his son's nappies.

"I think he's missing out. I think there's so much time you can spend bonding with a baby when they lie on their back kicking, and hopefully laughing.

"You sing to them, there's time to interact with them, play, teach them where their nose is, play head, shoulders, knees and toes.

"All those times when they're lying on a change mat is an opportunity to teach them something as well, so yeah, I think he's missing out.

"He needs to get his hands dirty," she said.

Even before the birth of his son with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, Cowell told BBC Breakfast: "I'm not doing that, 100% absolutely not going near that," he told the show, and asked whether he would delegate to someone else, he replied: "Of course."

The celebrity world and its mother were out to show appreciation for mums at the Tesco Mum of The Year Awards 2014.

Sport stars, actors and singers turned out at the famous central London location - some accompanied by their own mothers.

Familiar faces including Coleen Rooney, Gareth Gates and Olympic boxing gold medallist Luke Campbell donned their gladrags for the event, which is taking place just a week before Mother's Day.

Dame Sarah's daughter, Louisa Marie, was born in June last year.

The award-winning mother made it to the ceremony - but only just - as she was racing this morning and had to quickly get ready in her hotel room.

Wearing a sparkly red dress, she said she enjoyed getting "glammed up" after her hard work prior to the event.

"It was freezing cold. It was raining most of the race... covered in mud.

"There's a fair amount of mud going through the shower in the room upstairs," she joked.

Dame Sarah added: "I've never been down the red carpet in my tracksuit before, covered in mud, hair slapped to my face, but never mind, I'm sure everyone will appreciate the fact that I stopped.

"To be able to come here after the race is brilliant. Everyone's really pulled together to get me ready on time."

She described her win as "surreal".

"It's a surreal time really. I'm absolutely delighted and so inspired by the stories from the other mums. They're just amazing," she said.

Dame Sarah said she loves being a mother, and paid tribute to her own parents and her husband.

"I'm very lucky that I've got my mum and dad round the corner, but more importantly my amazing husband Barney. He's just a rock. He's so brilliant," she said.

The athlete said her husband is "very hands on" and "excellent" when it comes to nappies.

"He's just a whizz with everything," she said.


From Belfast Telegraph