Leisure stars take a bow

Ac­co­lades awarded to coun­cil sports staff

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Co­lette Crampsey

The stars have been out in force at the an­nual Ren­frew­shire Leisure staff awards bash.

A host of ac­co­lades were handed out to the best of lo­cal sports staff at the Star Awards cer­e­mony at John­stone Town Hall.

Hosted by Clyde 1 ra­dio pre­sen­ter Gina McKie, the ex­trav­a­ganza recog­nised those work­ing in lo­cal sports cen­tres, swim­ming pools, li­braries, museum and com­mu­nity halls.

Among the awards pre­sented was the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive’s Award for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment, which was pre­sented to Colin Pratt, Ren­frew­shire Leisure’s cul­tural venues de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

The Team of the Year Award went to John­stone Town Hall Op­er­a­tions team – which is made up of Jennifer Ann North­cote, Karen Pat­ti­son, Don­ald Hamp­son, Tracy Weir, Colin Smith, Geral­dine Smith, Carol Har­ris and Katie Sweeney.

And trib­ute was paid to pop­u­lar leisure man­ager Gerry Noble, who sadly died ear­lier this year.

A new award, called The Noble Award for Young Achiev­ers, was cre­ated in his mem­ory and was pre­sented to mar­ket­ing sup­port as­sis­tant Gra­ham Barr.

Three mem­bers of staff were also com­mended for their acts of hero­ism in help­ing save peo­ple’s lives when they were off duty.

The first of those was Natalie Ste­wart, who helped res­cue a woman who had fallen into the River Cart in Pais­ley, and held on to her be­fore the emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived.

The sec­ond was Steve Trues­dale, who gave first aid to a young boy who had been knocked down, while wait­ing for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive .

The third was Carol Doyle, who was clos­ing Ren­frew’s Vic­tory Baths one night and no­ticed a man col­lapsed on the street.

She used a de­fib­ril­la­tor, which was kept near the pool, on him be­fore paramedics ar­rived.

Newly- elected leader of Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil, Iain Nicolson, and new chair­per­son of the Ren­frew­shire Leisure Board of Trustees, Coun­cil­lor Lisa-Marie Hughes, were guests at the awards cer­e­mony.

Ren­frew­shire Leisure chief ex­ec­u­tive Joyce McKel­lar said the Star Awards were about recog­nis­ing the con­tri­bu­tion staff make to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

She said: “Our most im­por­tant as­set is our staff, as they are vi­tal to pro­vide a first class sports, leisure and cul­tural ser­vice to the pub­lic.

“It’s only right that we pay trib­ute to those who give so much to the peo­ple of Ren­frew­shire and go above and be­yond the call of duty.”

Sport staff star Colin Pratt, Ren­frew­shire Leisure’s cul­tural venues de­vel­op­ment man­ager, re­ceiv­ing the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive’s Award for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Host Clyde 1 DJ Gina McKie

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