Tay­lor and RLTC up for top awards

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

A Cam­bus­lang fig­ure skater has been nom­i­nated in the Sun­day Mail and sportscot­land Scot­tish Sports Awards.

Tay­lor McLeod has proven her ded­i­ca­tion to the sport by com­pet­ing for Team GB and se­cur­ing a spon­sor­ship deal at just 12 years of age.

The Stonelaw High School pupil, who has been nom­i­nated for the Lo­cal Hero award, is part of the East Kil­bride Ice Fig­ure Skating Club and has ap­peared at two in­ter­na­tional events in Hun­gary and Slo­vakia.

Tay­lor is now spon­sored by man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, Love Ice Skating, but her rise to the top has not been easy.

Her par­ents have pre­vi­ously spo­ken of their de­vo­tion to help Tay­lor achieve her dreams by trav­el­ling to train­ing bases and com­pe­ti­tions up and down the UK.

Due to the clo­sure of Tay­lor’s lo­cal ice-rink in East Kil­bride, the young­ster’s par­ents travel hun­dreds of miles a week to get her to train­ing in Dundee, Kil­marnock and Ed­in­burgh.

Mean­while, Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club has been nom­i­nated for the Lo­cal Club award af­ter a phe­nom­e­nal sea­son with many mem­bers win­ning cham­pi­onships and gain­ing pro­mo­tions.

The team has not only shown great de­ter­mi­na­tion on the courts but off it too af­ter be­com­ing the first peo­ple to play ten­nis at the peak of Bri­tain’s tallest moun­tains.

Coaches Jonny Will­cox, Cedric De­cuyper, Jake Ja­cob and club pres­i­dent Gareth El­lor com­pleted the three peaks chal­lenge ear­lier this year by climb­ing to the top of Snow­don, Scafell Pike and Ben Ne­vis within 24 hours.

Dubbed Ex­pe­di­tion Moun­ten­nis, the chal­lenge is a high­light of the ten­nis club’s Re­turn To Splen­dour cam­paign, which aims to save the derelict ten­nis courts at Burnside Bowl­ing Club in the town.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has been granted to trans­form the derelict courts and make them a hub of the com­mu­nity.

The plans ap­proved was for the build­ing of a club­house, re­place­ment of fenc­ing and flood­light­ing, pro­vi­sion of a raised spec­ta­tor view­ing area and landscaping and as­so­ci­ated works.

RLTC hope to raise £220,000 for the project that will see their club op­er­ate two sites in the town.

To buy tick­ets for the Sun­day Mail and sportscot­land Scot­tish Sports Awards or for spon­sor­ship in­quiries please call 0141 309 4906.

Star Tay­lor McLeod

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