by the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Rock and Pop Choir
The first prize of the night was a new award, the sporting school of the year prize.
Calderwood Primary School picked up the gong for their continued efforts to give the pupils access to a variety of sports throughout and after the school day.
Gavin Bannerman and Kirsty Anderson took home the Male and female senior sports performer of the year awards.
Having recently become a special constable in the police force, Gavin, 19, from Halfway, is a first team regular at Cambuslang Rugby Club and has been selected for the Police Scotland international squad.
They gave Gavin the opportunity to become the youngest male to ever play for the team.
He has won numerous player of the year awards with the Coats Park side and helped his team to promotion to the West Division 1 in 2015.
Speaking to the Reformer on the night, Gavin said: “It’s been great to win this award, I didn’t expect it.
“I heard there were a lot of successful athletes in the running and I was thinking it might not be my year but it just shows the hard work has paid off.
“It’s my 14th year for the club and they let me branch off into my select teams all over the country.
“We got promotion last year but it has been a difficult season. We are still in that league and competing and we have the same group of boys from the season before.”
Kirsty, 33, claimed the female sports performer award for the second year in a row after receiving a bronze medal at the European Half Ironman Championships in Italy.
The triathlete from Rutherglen had another incredible year following successes in the Scottish Duathlon Championships in Stirling and the Scottish Half Ironman Championships in Aberfeldy where she claimed bronze in both events.
She said: “I’m amazed. The sports council are just brilliant to me.
“Because I won last year I didn’t expect to win this year but my heart is going crazy because I didn’t expect that at all.
“Last season was probably my best for a wee while. I was trying a lot of new stuff out. I’m new to the Half Ironman distance and then I took up cross-triathlon as well.”
Following his success in the ring, Nicholas Devlin of O’Neil’s ABC won the junior male sports performer of the year award.
The Cambuslang boxer won gold medals at the Scottish Intermediate, the Western District and Scottish Open Championships before becoming the only Scot to bring home a medal at the European School Boy Championships in Russia in November.
Nicholas, 14, said: “Without my coaches I wouldn’t be where I am. I’ve had a successful year.
“It felt good to win the award and it will give me a lot of confidence. Hopefully I can do as well as I have this year.
“It was a great experience in Russia and being with all the boys in the Scotland squad.”
Bethan Goodwin, a talented Netball player with East Kilbride Netball Club, claimed the junior female prize.
Having been selected for the Scotland under 21 squad, Bethan also helped her team win the Inter District Championships as well as second place in the Netball Premier League.
Unfortunately, Bethan was not there to pick up her prize.
Commenting on a special night for the sporting community of Rutherglen and Cambuslang, Liz Arbuckle said: “It was a stunning evening and well done to all the winners tonight.
“It is great to see so many young people get recognised for their sporting achievements.It was difficult to choose a winner because all of them are worthy champions.”
We’ll have more pictures from the night in next week’s paper.
Junior Team of the year Cllr Brian McKenna presents the prize to Ryan Stephen, Ruairidh MacGregor and Eamon Clark
Sports awards Gerry Campbell with the girls who won the Junior Female Merit awards
Veteran of the Year John (Ivor) Menzies (right) with Gilly Feron
Young stars Cllr Russel Clearie stands beside the male merit award winners