Na­tional hon­our for young Aberdeen swim­mer Toni

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

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.

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