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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

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