Annandale and Eskdale Sports Awards 2013

Annandale and Eskdale Sports Awards 2013

The Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards Ceremony, organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council, was held at the Corner House Hotel, Annan on Friday 28 March. Eight awards were presented to local sports people who had excelled in their chosen sport during the year 2013 with a Special Award also presented on the evening.

The Small School Sports Initiative of the Year Award was sponsored by the host venue The Corner House Hotel from Annan with St Columba’s Primary awarded the runners up prize with Cummertrees Primary School coming first for their swimming programmes and performances in school sport competitions.

The Large School Sports Initiative of the Year Award saw Newington Primary School being announced winners for their outstanding school sport programme and shortlisting at the Scottish Sport Awards with Hecklegirth Primary School named runners up for their commitment to increasing participation in school sport.

Volunteer of the Year Award. Joint Runners up were young volunteer Lucy Thomson who has been selected to volunteer at the Ryder Cup and Maitland Pollock for his commitment to coaching junior golf. The winner was Brian Jardine from Annan for his volunteering role at Annan Football Club developing the Annan Athletic Football Community programme for hundreds of junior footballers.

The Young Sports Personality of the Year Award proved to be the hardest decision. After some deliberation, 14 year old footballer Ellis Dalgliesh was announced the winner after playing and captaining the Scotland under 15 girls football team with 11 year old multi-sport athlete, Nicole Proudfoot named runner up after an excellent sporting year winning numerous competitions including the Scottish Cross Country Championships

In the team of the year award, runners up were Eastriggs Schools Gymnastics Team but Annan Rugby Club were named winners after winning the RBS West Division 2 title going unbeaten in 22 games. A special achievement award was also presented to The Dumfries & Galloway Special Olympics team for their 7 Bronze, 7 Silver and 8 Gold Medal winning performances at Bath in September 2013.

The Service to Local Sport Award was deservedly won by Sylvia Edgar from Annan for her 27 years unrelenting support to Annan Alligators Swimming Club with Henry McClelland announced runner up for his work over a period of time with Annan Athletic Football Club.

The Coach of the Year Award was presented to Neil Moffat and Niall Smith from Annan Rugby Club for coaching the club’s first XV to an unbeaten season while Andrea Manson picked up the runner up award for her role as coach for the Dumfries & Galloway Special Olympics Team.

The final award of the evening was the Sports Personality of the Year Award. The decision saw,after some considerable deliberation, young Lockerbie Curler Gary Robertson named runner up after winning the Scottish Junior Singles Championship. Young Scottish Cross Country runner Danielle Beattie from Lockerbie was named sports personality of the year after recording a number of top and record breaking performances at Scottish National Level.

Our reporter, Fergus Waddell talked to some of the winners.


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