Rugby star Dod­die in line for city’s hon­our

Award: Ed­in­burgh to mark sport­ing and char­ity work by Weir Bri­tain’ s ori­gins

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY LUCINDA CAMERON

Rugby le­gend Ge­orge “Dod­die” Weir is to re­ceive a pres­ti­gious award from his home city in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to sport, char­ity and Ed­in­burgh.

The for­mer Scot­land player will be pre­sented with the Ed­in­burgh Award and have his hand­prints set in stone at the City Cham­bers later this year.

He will be­come the 12th per­son to re­ceive the award, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the likes of cy­clist Sir Chris Hoy and writ­ers JK Rowl­ing and Ian Rankin.

The award will recog­nise his rugby ca­reer and also his on­go­ing work with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease (MND) char­i­ties. He an­nounced he had been di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion in 2017.

Ed­in­burgh Lord Provost Frank Ross said: “Dod­die is not only an in­spir­ing sports­man but a real cham­pion of MND re­search, help­ing to raise aware­ness through his own foun­da­tion and pro­vide much-needed funds to­wards find­ing a cure for this dis­ease.

“He is Ed­in­burgh’s gen­tle gi­ant, as well-re­spected and loved by cit­i­zens as much as his peers and rugby fans.

“Dod­die re­ally has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to sport, to char­ity and to the cap­i­tal. The Ed­in­burgh Award is the city’s way of recog­nis­ing all that he has achieved.”

Weir, 48, be­gan his pro­fes­sional rugby ca­reer at Mel­rose RFC, be­fore go­ing on to play for Scot­land and the New­cas­tle Fal­cons.

He said: “I am hugely hon­oured and hum­bled to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious Ed­in­burgh Award, es­pe­cially when I see the names of those who have re­ceived it be­fore me.

“I look for­ward to adding my enor­mous paw prints”

“Ed­in­burgh has been good to me – it’s where I was born, I was ed­u­cated at Ste­wart’s Melville Col­lege and­be­gan­myrug­by­ca­reer here, and of course I have a spe­cial con­nec­tion with Mur­ray­field.

“The sup­port I have re­ceived from all over the world since I shared my di­ag­no­sis has been in­cred­i­ble and it has helped drive the work of our foun­da­tion for­ward.

“I would like to thank the lord provost for this hon­our and look for­ward to adding my enor­mous paw prints to the oth­ers al­ready there at the City Cham­bers.” Bri­tain was formed by the col­li­sion of three an­cient con­ti­nents, new re­search sug­gests.

Eng­land, Wales and Scot­land were pre­vi­ously thought to have been cre­ated by the merg­ing of Aval­o­nia and Lau­ren­tia more than 400 mil­lion years ago.

How­ever, ge­ol­o­gists at the Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth now be­lieve a third mass of land called Ar­mor­ica was also in­volved.

FIGHTER: For­mer Scot­land player Dod­die Weir is bat­tling mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease

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