The win­ners were ...

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORTS AWARDS - Stephen Tem­lett

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

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