Sports stars’ ded­i­ca­tion is re­warded

South Kin­tyre Sports Coun­cil holds awards din­ner dance

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Han­nah O’Han­lon ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

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It was a golden evening as sport­ing ded­i­ca­tion was cel­e­brated at a Camp­bel­town cer­e­mony. Sports per­son of the year Fiona Ir­win re­ceived her award from Kath­leen McMil­lan on be­half of DM Fab­ri­ca­tion. Fiona, who runs Wee Toon War­riors, teamed up with Fiona Robert­son to com­pete in the CrossFit Dou­bles a year af­ter tak­ing up the sport and they placed first in their re­gion and sec­ond world­wide. Prize-win­ners were recog­nised in six cat­e­gories at the South Kin­tyre Sports Coun­cil (SKSC) awards din­ner dance in Camp­bel­town Bowl­ing Club last Satur­day night. Event MC John Ar­mour an­nounced the win­ners whose prizes were pre­sented by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the com­pany or group spon­sor­ing it and Ken­neth Ovens from the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Sports Coun­cils. Mr Ovens, from Kelso, has at­tended three of the five bi-an­nual awards cer­e­monies, which started in 2010. He said that the 462-mile round trip was worth it and he was glad to see the num­ber of young peo­ple in­volved in the sports coun­cil. Young vol­un­teer of the year Rachel MacPhail re­ceived her prize from Sharon Gil­liesMcCal­lum of Ac­tive Schools. Rachel is part of the team which restarted ladies’ foot­ball in Camp­bel­town, and vol­un­teers at clubs in­clud­ing bad­minton. She was praised for never shy­ing away when asked for help. Gre­gor Camp­bell, young sports per­son of the year, was pre­sented with his spon­sored award by Archie Mil­lar of Wee Toon Sports. ‘Ded­i­cated ath­lete’ Gre­gor, who trains at least once a day, was at the awards cer­e­mony but left be­fore be­ing able to re­ceiv­ing his award. His achieve­ments in­clude win­ning gold in the un­der 15 boys’ 1,500m at the Scot­tish Schools Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in June. The big­gest cheer came when Dar­ren Ren­ton was named coach of the year. Dar­ren, who coaches youth foot­ball, was de­scribed as a ‘great men­tor’ whose ded­i­ca­tion has never wa­vered de­spite deal­ing with is­sues in his per­sonal life. Among his achieve­ments was coach­ing the U16s team which won the Michael McGin­ley shield, the first tro­phy ever won by a Camp­bel­town 11-a-side team in the Dun­bar­ton­shire Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment League. His prize was spon­sored by the Whisky Shop. Pres­i­dent Donny McCrim­mon, from team/ club of the year Ar­gyll Bowl­ing Club, ac­cepted the award from Stu­art McQuaker of SKSC. The club was praised for win­ning ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions, with two mem­bers, Lee Allen and Gavin Mclach­lan, in the Scot­tish team which won the Bri­tish Isles Bowls Coun­cil un­der-25s cham­pi­onship in 2017, re­tain­ing it in 2018. John Forster won the Ard­shiel Ho­tel-spon­sored ser­vice to sport award, pre­sented for a no­table con­tri­bu­tion to sport across many years and many clubs. John has im­proved youth rugby in Camp­bel­town for the last 10 years and has never given up, de­spite com­pe­ti­tion from other clubs, with 40 chil­dren now part of the mini-rugby club. Af­ter their meals, guests worked off the ex­tra calo­ries by danc­ing the night away at a Jamie G disco in the club­house.

More pho­tos on page four.

Rachel MacPhail, young vol­un­teer of the year. 50_c45s­port­sawards01

Dar­ren Ren­ton, coach of the year. 50_c45s­port­sawards04

John Forster, left, who was re­warded for his ser­vice to sport, pic­tured with Ken­neth Ovens from the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Sports Coun­cils. 50_c45s­port­sawards02

Lee Allen, Donny McCrim­mon and Gavin Mclach­lan from Ar­gyll Bowl­ing Club which was named club/team of the year. 50_c45s­port­sawards05

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Fiona Ir­win, sports per­son of the year.

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