On March 13, 1996, a madman named Thomas Hamilton
walked into Dunblane Primary School and shot dead 18 people: a 45 year old woman teacher; 16 boys and girls - the eldest 6 years old; and finally himself. At that time, the 9 year old Andrew Murray was in the school, he and his mother also knew Hamilton personally. When he spoke about it openly for the first time earlier this year it was still a painful memory
He could never have dreamed that 16 years later he would go from Hell on Earth to sitting on top of the world.
The year 2012 saw him pick up not only his first grand slam title but winning the Olympic title in style thumping Roger Federer in three one-sided sets, and for good measure finishing runner up in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson.
Could it get any better? It could and it did as this year he became the first Briton to win the Men's Singles at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in the 1930s and only the second Scot ever
. On top of that he saw his face on not one but four postage stamps
, and yesterday he was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The trophy was presented to him
in Miami by Martina Navratilova.
One question remains to be answered, can it get any better? As he is still only 26 the answer is probably yes, but even if it doesn't, he has nothing left to prove.