In running for awards
Today we can exclusively reveal the nominees for this year’s Stewartry Sports Awards.
Sponsors and judges met on Tuesday night to discuss the huge number of nominations sent in over the past few weeks.
The winners will receive their prizes at Ernespie House Hotel in Castle Douglas on Friday, November 16. The night will include Caroline McMath speaking on behalf of her shooter son David, who won gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games in the men’s double trap but is unable to attend himself. There will also be a demonstration from modern pentathlete Jo Muir from Haugh of Urr.
Everyone is welcome to attend the evening, particularly the many people who submitted nominations. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
The shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year award, sponsored by The Galloway News, features David McMath (shooting), Dougie Milligan (running), Norman Neilson (running) and Gavin Shirley (cycling).
That’s also the shortlist for the outstanding senior achievement prize, sponsored by H Smith and Sons.
There’s a huge entry for the Junior Sports Personality of the Year prize, sponsored by The Co-operative.
In the running are: Frazer Anderson (karting), Zach Barbour (cycling and triathlon), Rose Foley (dressage), Abi Hart (gymnastics), Ben Ibbotson (sailing), Robyn Jardine (netball), Lewis McIlreavy (shooting), Carla Milne (dressage), Orla Montgomery (cricket and football) and Rebecca Saunderson (cycling).
That doubles as the shortlist for the outstanding junior award, sponsored by J Smith Fencing. And Frazer, Zach, Lewis and Abi are shortlisted for the newcomer to sport trophy, sponsored by Helen Bell.
There’s also a healthy number of nominees for the coach/administrator of the year award, sponsored by Drew Low, Castle Douglas.
In the running are Megan Bennington (gymnastics), Natalie Hamblin (cricket), Allister Kelly (running), Adrian Leach and Kim McLachlan ( running), Shane Little ( football), Charlene Saunderson (cycling), Jerry Teale (cricket) and Keith Thom (tennis).
Kirkcudbright Running Club, Stewartry Gymnastics Club, Stewartry Netball Club and Stewartry RFC Sharks are shortlisted for the club of the year prize, sponsored by The Cocoa Bean Factory.
Stewartry Gymnastics, Stewartry Netball and Stewartry Sharks are also nominated for team of the year along with Galloway Cricket Club’s ladies team.
As with the other prizes, the Service to Sport award – sponsored by the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils – will be announced on the night.