Local sport stars praised at awards

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Sporting stars of Angus were praised during the 17th annual Angus Sports Awards ceremony this evening, Tuesday, March 5.

The Angus Sports Awards 2012 ceremony took place at the Reid Hall, Forfar and once again highlighted the sporting talent and achievement that exists in Angus.

Angus Council Sports Development Team, in association with Angus Ahead - the area marketing campaign set up to promote the county at home and abroad- honoured the commitment, achievements and dedication of individuals and teams involved in sport across Angus.

Greg Drummond of Fotheringham Curling Club was crowned Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Auchterhouse Country Sports, after becoming Scottish Champion for the second year running in 2012 and representing Scotland at the World Championships with his team finishing as runners-up. Greg, who received his award from Angus Provost Helen Oswald, also represented Europe in the ‘Ryder Cup’ of curling against the North Americas and Canada. Greg has now become a professional athlete with the Scottish Institute of Sport and hopes to be selected to represent GB in the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2013. Other short listed finalists were Kelly Clark and Jonathan Cormie.

Duncan Reid of Tayside Special Olympics collected the Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability, sponsored by National Oilwell Varco in partnership with Angus Disability Sport. Duncan has competed at many national and European Games over the years. In 2012, he was selected for the European Games in Cyprus and justified his selection by winning gold in the team and bronze in the doubles events. Duncan moved up to the highest classification banding, finishing fourth in the individual event. He is an athlete representative on the Tayside Special Olympics committee and is aiming for selection to the World Games in 2015. Other short listed finalists were Ian Bradford and Robert Simpson.

Young Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Radio Tay – Cash for Kids, went to Abbi Grant of Forfar Farmington Football Club after she was selected to be part of the Forfar Farmington squad in 2012 at the age of 16, with the team finishing second in the Scottish Women’s Premier League and as runners-up in the Scottish Cup. Abbi played for Scotland at the European Championships at Under 17 level and moved up to the Under 19 squad playing in all their European Championships qualifying matches and scoring one goal in 2012. The national team have now qualified for the Tournament phase of the competition in 2013. Other short listed finalists were Olivia Waddell, Yhana Van Wees and Ally Morrison.

Mark Nisbet of Forfar Farmington Football Club was named Coach of the Year, sponsored by Coaching Angus. Mark led his team to second place in the Scottish Women’s Premier League and runners-up spot in the Scottish Cup Final in 2012, with the team also reaching the semi- finals of the League Cup. Mark’s coaching has seen six players in the current national team programme and he was named National Coach of the Year at the Scottish Women’s Football Awards in November 2012. Other short listed finalists were Scott Haxton, Graeme Walker and Laura Hare.

Angus Ladies County Golf Association – County Team were Team of the Year winners, sponsored by McDonalds. The team won the Northern Division Jamboree at Monifieth, to qualify for the Scottish County Finals in Montrose during 2012 and became Scottish County Champions by beating the three other finalists from south, east and west- the first time Angus have achieved this in 103 years. Other short listed finalists were Angus Pony Club – Senior Games Team and Forfar Farmington FC – Women’s Premier League Team.

A new award added to the ceremony this year was that of School Sport Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Angus Active Schools. The winner of this award was Ally Vannett of the Monifieth Cluster who has volunteered as a basketball coach of various age groups across the cluster, taking teams to local, regional and national competitions. Ally has also become a Basketball Scotland tutor and tutored a Getting Started CPD session for other volunteers and primary teachers from Angus schools. Other short listed finalists were Alan Draper and Lyndsay Gray.

The Service to Sport Award, sponsored by Angus College, went to Winston Webber of Arbroath & District Athletics Club who has been involved with sport for many years and this club for over 20 years. Winston has coached many athletes to National Squads and Amateur Athletic Association level during this time and he is also Chairperson of Arbroath and District Athletics Club. He is secretary and treasurer to the Petrofac Athletic League which runs for grassroots athletics across North and East Scotland, and officiates at national level as well as assisting at local sporting events. Other short listed finalists were David Bridges and Eddie Wilmott.

The ceremony was hosted by Radio Tay and Angus Recognition Awards were presented by Angus Council leader Iain Gaul to Carnoustie athlete Eilish McColgan, although she was unable to attend the ceremony due to training commitments, who represented Team GB in London 2012 and Monifieth resident Ged Curran who umpired the Men’s Hockey Final at the London 2012 Olympics.

Giving the vote of thanks, Angus Council vice-convener of Neighbourhood Services Jeanette Gaul said: “It is fantastic for us to be able to host the Angus Sports Awards ceremony as a huge thank you to our local sports volunteers, and to celebrate sporting achievements across the county. We would like to thank all those who made nominations for the awards and all the sponsors who helped us stage this successful event.”

She added: “We would like to thank Angus Disability Sport, National Oilwell Varco, Angus College, Radio Tay – Cash For Kids, Coaching Angus, Angus Active Schools, Strathmore Mineral Water Company, Auchterhouse Country Sports and McDonalds who all sponsored the Angus Sports Awards ceremony, and Angus College students who provided the catering at the event.”