Authority’s accolade

Pictured: Lesley Higgins, Angus Council, receives her award from Bruce Learner of Kellogs
Pictured: Lesley Higgins, Angus Council, receives her award from Bruce Learner of Kellogs

Angus Council staff were amongst a glittering array of guests celebrating the success of the Scottish aquatic community at the Glasgow Science Centre recently.

Other guests and nominees include Scottish Silver medal winner at the London Olympic Games Michael Jamieson, Olympians Craig Benson and Robbie Renwick, Scottish diving legend Sir Peter Heatly, and Glasgow 2014 CEO David Grevemberg.

The evening was hosted by Scottish broadcaster Alison Walker. The Kellogg’s Scottish Swimming Swim Active Provider of the Year Award was presented by Bruce Learner, head of corporate responsibility and partnerships Kellogg Europe, to Lesley Higgins, assistant leisure services manager (fitness and health), leisure services at Angus Council, for delivering the most successful adult aquatic participation programme during the past year.

Angus Council’s leisure spokesperson, Councillor Jeanette Gaul, said: “I am delighted that Angus Council has received this award, which is a tribute to the hard work of staff and those who take part in the classes. We encourage people in Angus of all ages and abilities to take part in sports, including aquatic classes, and hope to continue with this success.”

Maureen Campbell, chair of the Scottish Swimming Board, commented: “The Scottish Swimming Awards acknowledge the outstanding successes achieved throughout the aquatics field from athletes and coaches to volunteers and local authorities, all of whom play an important role in leading our sport - a sport for all, a sport for life.”

Kevin Roxburgh, managing director of Scottish Gas, the event’s main sponsor, is proud of the existing partnership the two organisations have formed, saying: “I am extremely proud of the partnership between Scottish Gas and Scottish Swimming. For me it’s not just about supporting Scottish athletes in their quest for medals on the world and Olympic stage. It’s also about giving as many people as possible the opportunity to learn to swim and use swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.”