Ath­let­ics runs home top win­ner at awards

Coaches hailed for de­liv­er­ing fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties

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Ath­let­ics coaches ran out with a hat-trick of wins at an il­lus­tri­ous sports award cer­e­mony.

Sports champs from Kil­barchan Am­a­teur Ath­letic Club (AAC) were con­grat­u­lated for their ef­forts to de­liver sports op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­mu­nity at the an­nual Ren­frew­shire Sports Awards.

Arthur Smith – who has been a mem­ber of Kil­barchan AAC for more than 50 years and coached the likes of Scot­tish in­ter­na­tion­al­ist Laura Stark and GB run­ner Jemma Reekie – won both the Com­mu­nity Coach of the Year and Ded­i­ca­tion to Sport awards.

A mem­ber for over 20 years, John Rodger lifted the Event Vol­un­teer for 2017 award. He has been in­stru­men­tal in the de­vel­op­ment of ath­let­ics in Ren­frew­shire’s schools and in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the Pais­ley 10k Race and Fun Run.

Other sports peo­ple in the area were among the lucky win­ners to get a ti­tle.

De­vel­op­ment Coach of the Year went to Su­san Wright, who is head coach of Clyde Judo Club. Young Coach of the Year was Claire Scougall, who coaches Pais­ley Ju­niors Net­ball Club and Vol­un­teer of the Year was won by Joanne McDowall, who has de­vel­oped sport­ing ac­tiv­ity at Bar­sail Pri­mary, in Ersk­ine.

Young Vol­un­teer of the Year went to Lu­sia Steele, who de­liv­ers school health days at Bar­sail Pri­mary. She also vol­un­teers at the John­stone Jets cy­cling club.

Dis­abil­ity Coach of the Year is Rachel Kil­lens, who is a dis­abled ath­lete her­self and coaches swim­mers with ad­di­tional sup­port needs.

And Jack Thom­son, a ref­eree at the Bas­ket­ball Pais­ley Fri­day Night Su­per­league, West Re­gional De­vel­op­ment League and other Scot­tish League games, won the Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cial of the Year award.

The Hon­our Our School Sports Award was given to one stu­dent from ev­ery lo­cal sec­ondary school who has shown com­mit­ment to sport.

The win­ners were: Alan Rice, Lin­wood High; Amy McCann, Ren­frew High; Craig Kennedy, Park Mains High; Eilidh Mur­phy, Glenif­fer High; Franca Pater­son, St An­drew’s Acad­emy; Gemma Whyte, St Bene­dict’s High; John Martin, John­stone High; Mario Gi­ra­soli, Trin­ity High and Re­becca Telford, from Gryffe High.

A Level Six Award in Higher Sports Lead­er­ship was pre­sented to Alan Rice, Calum Find­lay, Emma Driver, Heather Fawcett and Laura-Rose Reid.

The spe­cial guest at the awards cer­e­mony was Corinne Hut­ton, from Lochwin­noch, who has de­fied the odds and set three world records af­ter hav­ing had both her hands and part of her legs am­pu­tated when she suf­fered acute pneu­mo­nia and sep­ticemia.

The suc­cess­ful event was spon­sored by Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil, West Col­lege Scot­land, Ren­frew­shire Sports Net­work and SportS­cot­land.

Chair of Ren­frew­shire Leisure, Coun­cil­lor Lisa Marie Hughes ,said: “These awards show­case the tal­ent, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­nity.

“With Pais­ley’s bid to be­come UK city of Cul­ture 2021, sport plays a large role in the cul­ture of our lives.

“We have a vi­brant and ex­cit­ing sports net­work in Ren­frew­shire, which adds en­ergy and pas­sion to the over­all bid.”

In­spi­ra­tional Spe­cial guest Corinne took to the stage for a Ques­tion and An­swer ses­sion with the event host, broad­caster Lor­raine Her­bi­son

Hon­our Arthur Smith lifted the Com­mu­nity Coach of the Year and Ded­i­ca­tion to Sport ti­tles

Con­grat­u­la­tions Kil­barchan AAC’s John Rodger is the Event Vol­un­teer win­ner

Ev­ery one a win­ner Ren­frew­shire sports cham­pi­ons on stage with their awards

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