Scotland’s leading sports stars were honoured last night (Thursday December 6) at the Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards 2012, held at the Glasgow Thistle Hotel.
Hosted by Kelly Cates, the daughter of football legend Kenny Dalgleish, and Rob Maclean, the night celebrated the excellent achievements across Scotland’s sporting spectrum in 2012.
A total of 12 awards were up for grabs on the night, with a number of sportscotland institute of sport network supported athletes among the winners.
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said:
“All of the winners have contributed to what has been an outstanding year for Scottish sport, and I congratulate each and every one of you.
“It is an exciting time for Scottish sport, with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games now very much on the horizon, and these awards help to celebrate the very best from across the sporting spectrum.
“At sportscotland our focus is to help develop and support a world-class sporting system at all levels, from schools and clubs, right through to the high profile success stories on the world stage that we witnessed at London 2012 – which we hope will help to inspire the next generation of champions.”
Andy Murray was named as Scottish Sports Personality of the Year and Sir Chris Hoy was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Inspiration Award was won by rower Katherine Grainger, who produced one of the most memorable moments of the London Olympics when she finally claimed gold after three previous silver medals.
Scotland’s Olympians and Paralympians were named as the Team of the Year and Celtic manager Neil Lennon – fresh from guiding his team to the last 16 of the Champions League – collected the Sunday Mail Editor’s Award.
In the Young Sports Person category, the award was jointly won by rising badminton star Kirsty Gilmour and swimming sensation Craig Benson – both of whom are still supported by the institute.
The Disability Award went to cyclist Neil Fachie, who won gold and silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympics.
David Somerville, High Performance Coach of the sportscotland institute of sport judo programme, was named Coach/Manager of the Year. The accolade was worthy recognition for his personal coaching of Sam Ingram to a silver medal at this summer’s Paralympics.
As well as the amazing achievements of Scottish high performance athletes, the fabulous work being done at grassroots level was also recognised at the awards ceremony.
Larbert High School won the School Sport Award, acknowledging the fact that it is the only school in Scotland with a community sport hub, School of Football, and School of Rugby.
The Local Club Award went to Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association, John MacDonald won the Local Hero Award for his work in athletics, and the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open was named as Event of the Year.