National honour for young Aberdeen swimmer Toni
Aberdeen swimmer Toni Shaw is among the winners in the 2018 sportscotland Scottish sports awards.
The 15-year-old, who holds 14 Scottish records in the S9 and S10 categories, won the disability sports award at the event held in Glasgow.
Shaw became the youngest athlete named in Team Scotland for this year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, where she reached the final of all four of her events.
After a series of impressive swims at the 2018 British Para-Swimming international meet, Shaw went on to compete at her first World Para Swimming European championships in Dublin, where she won six medals – two of each colour.
Part of a world-record breaking 4x100m medley relay quartet on the final day of racing, Shaw also claimed individual gold in the S9 400m freestyle.
Chief executive of sportscotland Stewart Harris said: “Toni is a fully deserving win- ner of this award after some incredible results throughout the year and I look forward to seeing what she goes on to achieve in the pool.
“Scottish athletes continue to shine on the world stage as the record-breaking medal tally at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and some great results at the 2018 European championships demonstrated. There is terrific work being done by the sporting community across the country to increase the opportunities for as many people as possible to take part in sport.”
Other big winners on the night included the Scotland women’s national football team who were named team of the year, while head coach Shelley Kerr was named coach of the year after guiding the team to their first ever World Cup in France next summer.
Swimmer Duncan Scott won sports personality of the year, while Scotland’s cricket side won the gong for inspirational performance for their thrilling six-run win over England earlier this year.