Athletics runs home top winner at awards
Coaches hailed for delivering fantastic opportunities
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