Swim­pairup for awards

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV -

Perth City Swim Club is prepar­ing to cheer on two of their stars at the Team Scot­land Scot­tish Sports Awards this month.

Ris­ing tal­ent Scott McLay is in the run­ning to scoop Young Ath­lete of the Year while club coach Ann Dick­son has been nom­i­nated for Coach of the Year.

It’s been a sea­son to re­mem­ber for McLay, who re­turned from the 2017 Com­mon­wealth Youth Games in the Ba­hamas as Scot­land’s most suc­cess­ful Youth Games ath­lete in his­tory.

The for­mer Strathal­lan stu­dent brought home three gold, one sil­ver and one bronze. He also won bronze at the 2017 Euro­pean Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships as part of the mixed med­ley re­lay team.

Paul Bush, chair­man of Com­mon­wealth Games Scot­land, said: “The breadth and depth of nom­i­na­tions re­ceived for this award, and the wide range of sports rep­re­sented, shows that the fu­ture of Scot­tish sport is in good hands.

“We have an in­cred­i­bly strong line up in our three fi­nal­ists.

“I con­grat­u­late them on their tremen­dous achieve­ments over the past year and look for­ward to fol­low­ing their fu­ture suc­cesses.”

Dick­son, mean­while, played a huge part in McLay’s suc­cess as head coach at Perth City Swim Club. She also con­tin­ues to guide Olympic medal­list Stephen Milne.

“Be­hind each of our in­ter­na­tional ath­letes is an out­stand­ing coach,”Bush added. “And our three fi­nal­ists rep­re­sent the pin­na­cle of achieve­ment, guid­ing their ath­letes to some of the most mem­o­rable Scot­tish sport­ing mo­ments of the year.”

The Team Scot­land Scot­tish Sports Awards will take place at the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre on Septem­ber 21.

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