The winners were ...
The best sports stars were honoured at the Nithsdale Sports Awards.
Fourteen category winners were announced at an event organised by the council’s Nithsdale Active Schools and Community Sport team.
Provost Tracey Little said: “You cannot underestimate the efforts and achievements of the nominees and winners which can only inspire and drive sport on to the next level.” The winners were as follows:
The Standard-sponsored male sports
personality of the year was presented by Councillor David McKie to golfer Liam Johnston, who has had a great year including African and Scottish strokeplay titles.
Female sports personality of the year, sponsored by Building Craftsmen Ltd (Dumfries), went to curler Sophie Jackson.
Presented by Bob Gilchrist, the award recognises Sophie’s dedication and her extensive achievements including a world junior gold medal, overall European junior tour winner, Scottish junior champion and world ladies’ silver medal. Young male sports personality of the year, sponsored by Dumfries Lions Club, was presented by Jim Nelson to Gavin Wilson for his achievement in rugby. Gavin is captain of Glasgow’s U18 squad. Young female sports personality was also sponsored by Dumfries Lions and presented by Jim McCormack to Courtney Thorpe.
The baton twirler is in the Scotland squad, was fourth in the European championships in July and continues to be a role model. Michael Goldie won club volunteer of the
year, sponsored by DGHP, for his work as Dumfries Tennis Club convener. Councillor John Martin presented the
school sports coach award to Dumfries Academy English teacher Scott Powell.
Over the past 10 years Scott has led the basketball team to many local and national
successes and also addresses wider issues such as healthy eating.
The primary school sport initiative
for large schools was jointly presented to Georgetown and Laurieknowe for their health initiative and football programmes.
The small schools prize went to New Abbey and was presented by Provost Tracey Little to head teacher Margaret Heuchan and pupils.
New Abbey has a comprehensive programme run by volunteer Debbie Shuttleworth who organises a successful dance club.
Dumfries Academy’s basketball and
netball programmes won the secondary
school sport initiative. Both programmes have promoted participation, leadership and inclusion. Dumfries Y Gymnastics won club of
the year, sponsored by Douglas Horse Transport. The team, which is in its 40th year, has seen numbers rise from 30 to 110 as well as gaining new premises.
Coach of the year, sponsored by Genesis Occupational Health and Safety, was presented to Phillip Carter. The award recognises his commitment and achievements over many years in ice skating.
The disability coach and disability sports personality awards were sponsored by Woodgrove Community Transport.
Anne McKie, of Dumfries Wheelchair Athletics, was presented with the disability
coaching award for her dedication. The disability sport personality title was presented to Rhys Handleigh. Rhys has been swimming since the age of nine, winning titles and breaking records.
The McMurdo award for services to sport was presented to Maurice Slattery. He has taught lacrosse and promoted the sport and is due to retire at the end of the year.
A commendation certificate was presented by Provost Little to Fergus Reynolds-Lewis for his success in tennis.
The Nithsdale team would like to thank all those who helped make the event a success.
Female personality Curler Sophie Jackson. Her award was accepted by curling development officer Graeme Sloan, inset above
Small schools sport initiative Presented to New Abbey head teacher Margaret Heuchan and pupils by Provost Tracey Little
Large schools sport initiative Georgetown and Laurieknowe
Young male personality Rugby’s Gavin Wilson
Disability sport personality Swimming ace Rhys Handleigh
Disability coach Anne McKie, Dumfries Wheelchair Athletics
Commendation Fergus Reynolds-Lewis for success in tennis
Services to sport Lacrosse teacher Maurice Slattery
Male sports personality Golfer Liam Johnston
Club of the year The Dumfries Y gymnasts