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2013 & 2014 Service to Sport Winners

2013 & 2014 Service to Sport Winners

Highlights of the Service to Sport winners from 2013 and 2014.

 

Mary Inglis
ClubSport Ettrick and Lauderdale  
From the ranks of the primary school minis to the international visitors Mary has given a half- century of volunteered time to Selkirk Rugby Club.
Family grew and now includes 3 grand daughter and three grandsons together with 2 great grand sons. Jobs came and went – the hospital and RP Adams benefiting from our winners organisational skills and work ethic and still the rugby club commitment did not waver.
Husband, Jim moved from player to committee to vice president to twice president while the tea convenor moved into sponsorship and sponsored lunches.
2002 and over a century of voluntary work  as a couple saw Jim in his second spell as President and his wife take on the most thankless of committee tasks – Fixture secretary.
Of all the committee tasks the role of fixture secretary is a 24 / 7 commitment – in the hour long interview for this piece with time for a coffee and a couple of digestives the phone went five times and three were rugby related. No not a job for the faint hearted
So at a time when many would be looking to put their feet up and pass the responsibility on to younger shoulders Mary continues to stay calm and keep the coaching staff, ground staff, players and committee all informed as transport, officials and kick-off times have to be arranged and confirmed.
As well as her rugby and family commitments Mary still has time to play bowls and enjoy country dancing as well as a regular Sunday commitment to driving to and from the chaplaincy at the BGH.
 
John Purvis
ClubSport Berwickshire  
John Purvis from Eyemouth first became involved in athletics in 1988 working with Eyemouth athletic club as an assistant coach and soon rising to the role of club coach working along side George Taylor, Mike Felton, and David Millar.
 Eyemouth produced some very successful field event athletes when John was a coach and Lee Anne Crombie and Lee Anne Donaldson both represented Scotland in the javelin and shot putt.
 John attended a number of coaching clinics and seminars in the early 90s and he worked with some of Scotland’s top field event coaches. At the same time John was taking a special interest in officiating and combining the role of a coach and official,often at the same meeting. 
John was a member of the Scottish Borders Athletic committee, chairman of Scottish Borders athletics, and also Eyemouth Athletics club. John also was a team coach/official for Scottish Borders when they travelled to Northern Ireland for a three way competition against Dumfries and Galloway-Northern Ireland and Scottish borders and this became an annual fixture for many years.
One of the highlights of johns career so far was officiating at the world veteran games at Gateshead stadium which was held there in 1999.
John has risen to be a grade four official {now called 2 C level } and is a qualified referee, clerk of the course. John specialises in the field events and his job covers a wide spectrum from weighing the implements to make sure they are the correct weight for a particular category-electronic timing –and measuring distances and recording. John has been an official at all levels of competition from Scottish women’s/men’s league—Scottish senior and age group championships—Scottish universities and many more.
This year John had the honour of officiating at the Sainsbury grand prix in Glasgow {diamond league} with many of the world’s top stars in action. John was in charge of the electronic scoreboard/timing and said it was quite a nerve racking experience as it was the first time he had used that particular type of equipment.
John also was on the back room staff at the Glasgow commonwealth games, and shouted to local athlete guy learmonth before the 800 metres final to do Berwickshire proud.
 
David Rose
ClubSport Roxburgh  
As youngster, this lad local lad played for Jed Thistle as a 15 and 16 year old before moving up to the Jedforest first team at the age of 17. He worked locally in the textile industry before moving into the RAF. This talented player made his Scotland debut in 1951 aged just 19 against the French scoring a couple of tries. David won a further 6 caps with a real highlight beating the Welsh 19 -0, a team which included 12 British Lions. He switched codes moving to ruby league to play for Huddersfield then Leeds (long before they were the Rhinos). 4 successful seasons followed culminating in 4 appearances for Great Britain. David played in the inaugural rugby league world Cup where Great Britain, captained by David Ballantyne from Hawick, defeating the French in the final. David finally retired playing in 1958 and it should also be mentioned that he also played for the RAF and the world famous Barbarians.
David returned to the Borders in 1974, eventually retiring from his work at Border Concrete in 1994. He went back to a supporting role at Jedforest RFC and has followed the team faithfully.  David says he is pleased to be watching now as the game has changed a lot since his day and become much more physical. He also notes that the game is much more structured and this can only be better for the sport. David is also delighted to see the progress at Riverside where both juniors and seniors alike are surpassing his expectations where the players have come together to like a team should.
 
Jim McCulloch
Sports Council for Glasgow     
Jim has been playing badminton for nigh on 50 years and is also highly involved in running and administering badminton clubs, events and initiatives.
Jim is involved at national and international level and is part of the team for the Scottish International Championships. He has been responsible for running match control at every major event staged by Badminton Scotland since 1993, including National, International and World Championships, and is also responsible for practice scheduling and shuttle control.
He is a regular volunteer at the 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships, and also serves on the Badminton Scotland Halls Committee.
Jim has also recently undertaken work to modernize the entry system for many Scottish tournaments, allowing online entry for competitors.
He held a key volunteering role, as Umpire Co-Ordinator during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Jim’s tireless and longstanding contribution to badminton locally and nationally makes him an extremely deserving recipient of the Service to Sport Award.
 
Angus "Bubble" Mackay
Lewis and Harris Sports Council
 
John McKinlay                                            
South Ayrshire Sports Council
At the Troon Tortoises Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 26 August 2014, John McKinlay was unanimously supported to continue as Secretary on the Club's Committee. John has served as the Committee Secretary for 30 years. He plays a key role in the organisation of the Club's annual 10K , which attracts over 1,000 runners each year and remains the biggest mid-week 10K in Scotland.
In September last year, John suddenly became  critically ill, he remained in intensive care for months and at various points during this time his family were informed that his chances of survival were slim. .
In 2012 John ran his 70th Marathon in London on his 70th Birthday. His high level of fitness from years of running and cycling and his phenomenal determination meant that despite all the odds, he survived and started a long road to recovery.
As soon as John was well enough he wanted to resume his duties as Secretary on the Committee. In May 2014, just weeks after leaving hospital, he was in the thick of it organising race registration and resolving any registration issues at the Club's 10K road race. People who did not know him would most likely never have guessed that he had only been given a 15% chance of survival just 8 months earlier.
John's commitment to his role as Secretary is incredible and the Club has been extremely fortunate to have such an exceptional individual as it's Secretary.
John McKinlay has been nominated for his 30 years service to the club and development of the Annual 10K Race - which will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in May 2015. While this nomination acknowledges John's unstinting commitment to Troon Tortoises, this nomination is also a way for the Club to convey to John how very relieved and thankful we are that he is with us today and full of enthusiasm for his role as Club Secretary.
                                                                                                                 
Yvonne Birnie
Badenoch and Strathspey Sports Counci (Presented May 2014)
Yvonne Birnie is well known and respected in Badenoch & Strathspey and works tirelessly to promote and encourage participation of sport throughout the area.  Her involvement with Aviemore & Rothiemurchus Tennis Club dates back to the early 80's. In those days there were two gravel courts and a small open "shed" where the few members met. Backed by a determined committee, a number of fund raisings events were held and along with grants Yvonne applied for, three all weather courts were established and a new clubhouse was built 20 years ago.  Yvonne started a ladies morning and encouraged and coached players of all standards too participate. This is now a very successful club morning. 
 
Yvonne was the driving force for entering teams into the Highland League. Over the years the club have progressed and won promotion to higher divisions. This year the club have seven adult teamsand three junior teams entered into the league
 
The club has a very progressive coaching programme for both adults and juniors which Yvonne is very much involved with.
Yvonne's influence is plain to see, whether through playing or "press ganging" work parties or organising competitions or monthly BBQ's her enthusiasm is contagious.
 
Yvonne is also very involved in curling and is a regular member of the Cairngorm Ladies Team
She founded the Aviemore Sports Project and with her drive and determination we are sure there will be an ice rink and sports hall with indoor tennis within a few years.
 
Yvonne is dedicated, inspirational and an excellent role model.
 
Mel Edwards
Aberdeen Sports Council (Presented Friday 6th June 2014)
Mel has been running for over 50 years, and is a former Scottish International Marathon Runner with a personal best of 2 hours 18 minutes.  10K PB is 29 minutes 30 seconds.  He won the Scottish Junior Cross Country title on 1964, beating future Olympians and Commonwealth Games medalists, Ian McCaffert and Lachie Stewart.  Mel ran for Scotland in the 1964 World Cross Country Championships.  Missing selection for the 1968 Olympic Marathon Team by 2 places.  In future years he concentrated on mountain racing ad cross country racing, medalling in the latter at all age groups from over 45 to 60.  He is a UK Athletic Level 4 endurance coach and over the years has given advice to hundreds of winners.  He regularly gives motivational talks to a wide range of groups and is a 7 years ancer survivor, credtting much of this to a 100% mindset and elaborates on this approach in his presentations.  On his 70th birthday in 2012 he ran for 70 minutes (70@70) and raised £7,500 for Friends of Anchor Aberdeen Royal Infirmery.  He was awarded an MBE for athletics and charity work in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
 
Lindsay Ferguson
Dunfermline and West Fife (Presented 26th February 2014)
Lindsay grew up in the Dunfermline area and played for our colts as a Junior and progressed to become an opening bowler for Dunfermline CC & Fife XI.  He moved away from Dunfermline with his teaching job and returned in the early 1990’s.  Lindsay has been the Colts Convenor for Dunfermline Knights Cricket Club for over 18 years and has also been the Chairperson of  Fife Junior Cricket Association for the last 8 years. He has also served on the Club Committee during this time.
Lindsay, as Colts Convenor for the Club runs the junior section which have coaching on Friday evenings indoor at Duloch Sports Centre during the winter months and Monday and Wednesdays evenings at McKane Park in the summer for 4 hours weekly. There are approximately 60 children (boys and girls) now members of the Dunfermline Colts Cricket Club this is mainly due to the fostering of relationships which Lindsay has formed with the colts.  If there are matches in the Colts Cup or League matches on other evenings Lindsay handles the organisation of transporting the children around Fife, Perthshire and central belt to take part.
Lindsay advises that as the children are so keen on their cricket he has put into place extra sessions of Winter Indoor Coaching from October – December as well as the January to April 2014.
He has been involved in the P6 Primary Schools Kwik Cricket coaching and Schools Festival since retiring from his teaching job in 2008.  Lindsay organises the draw, umpires, scorers and marking out of the pitches in the Schools Festival Programme.  Lindsay has since then coached in Primary schools within the Dunfermline & West Fife area from January to May on a weekly basis and has also held ‘Out of School’ Clubs to coach cricket. From October to December 2013 Lindsay has been coaching in an additional 5 Primary Schools at P5 level to introduce the pupils to cricket.
In his role with Fife Junior Cricket Association Lindsay is involved in organising cricket tournaments Fife-wide as well as the Kwik Cricket Tournaments for Dunfermline Cricket Club. Lindsay is a Volunteer and his enthusiasm is tremendous as well as his temperament in handling the children. He is an asset to our Club, Fife Junior Cricket Association and cricket in general.
 
Nancy Gibson
Dunfermline and West Fife (Presented 26th February 2014)
Nancy joined Dunfermline Cricket Club in 1973 and became the Club Scorer in 1974 - 1980.   She has had many roles on the Committee throughout this time from Secretary, Social Convenor/Fundraiser, Pavilion Convenor and since 2005 has been the President of the Club.   She has organised many Sportsmans Dinners during this period to raise funds to put forward for coaching purposes.
She has been involved in the growth of the Club and especially with encouraging youngsters into cricket.   In 2001 she began organising Kwik Cricket in local Primary schools involving the Cricket Professional at the Club.   From 2001 – 2004 he visited 5 schools for 1 hour per week during the spring/summer term.  Youngsters started coming along to the Club and the colts numbers at the Club began to grow.     In 2005 as other Primary Schools heard of the summer coaching the figure increased to 8 schools.       
Active Schools became interested in the schools programme and with their resources pushing cricket in 2006 saw the schools visited increase to 12.   At that stage Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council asked whether the Club would like to be involved in taking part in their Festival programme which also included Hockey, Athletics  & Tennis.  The Festivals are also supported by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.
In 2007 with the Club having the services of a Coach,  and as more Active Schools co-ordinators and Development Officers were working with Fife Council, the schools visited increased to 16.   2008 saw the figures rise again to 18 schools.     In 2009 the club coaches visited 24 Primary Schools.
As a volunteer we feel that Nancy puts cricket first in her life.  She has such an enthusiasm for the sport and her organisation and management skills in putting together the P6 cricket programme with the schools over the last number of years where it has grown from 5 schools to 24 is a testament to her dedication to the sport. 
 
Vonny Burke
Dunfermline and West Fife (Presented 26th February 2014)
Vonny has just completed 44 years membership of Pitreavie AAC. She joined the club when her family became interested in athletics and remained ever since to play a significant part in developing Pitreavie AAC to become a major force in Scottish Athletics.
In that time she has been involved in all aspects of the club's activities - administration , coaching , fund raising , officiating and many more.
In addition to club involvement, Vonny has officiated at the highest level-  Commonwealth Games and European Championships - and been involved in administration at District level within athletics.    
 
Trish Swan
Aberdeenshire (Presented 28th March 2014)
Trish has been a volunteer at Garioch Gymnastics Club since her daughter Jennifer started gymnasics at the club in 1998.  Initially a committee member Trish later turned to coaching and has not looked back since.  
Trish is qualified as a British Gymnastics Women's Articstic Club Coach.  She is responsible for the lesson planning and competition preparation for the Performance Groups within the club but helps coach all the gymnats in the club including Novice and Elite.  She is also the Head Coach of Garioch Gynastics, a role she is perfectly suited to and works hard at.
Trish is also the treasurer for the North District Gymnastics Association and regularly Floor Manages and coaches at Regional competitions.  She also attends several National and British competitions a year with Garioch Gymnasts.
Trish was the driving force in 2009 in ensuring that Garioch Gymnastics Club took part in its first ever International Competition.  She was responsible for the majorty of the administration connected to the event as well as travelling to Malta with the girls to take part in the competition.
Trish also gives up a week of her summer holidays every year to be a staff coach at the gymnastics summer camp held every year at the National Sports Centre in Largs, which several of the Garioch gymnasts attend.
Trish coaches 3 times a week with the Garioch club but regularly covers other sessions if coaches are off. All of this in addition to holding fown a full time job with North East Scotland College.
 
Tom Jolly and Willie Martin
Wigtownshire (Presented 21st March 2014)
Tom and Willie run Whithorn Bravehearts Boxing Club and the commitment and dedication they put in to this is immense.  They give up three nights a week to train boxers and are usually travelling the country every weekend - to training events with members or participating in competitions. Without these two the Club would not be able to function.  They are fantastic coaches and all 32 members look up to them and give them the utmost respect. 
Bravehearts ABC was set up in 2008 by Willie and Tom who both competed in amateur boxing in their teens, and felt that such a club would be a benefit to the community and encourage participation in the sport – and how right they were!
Some six years later the club and the members continue to have success after success, this is not just through luck, but through hard work, grit and determination by firstly the boxers, the volunteer coaches and the volunteer committee.
Achievements to date include:
•         1 Bronze medal in European Schoolboy Championships (Dublin 2013)
•         2 current GB GOLD medalists
•         3 Silver GB medals
•         3 Scottish Gold medallists
•         5 Scottish Novice silver medalists
The club and boxers have travelled the length and breadth of the country and further afield to compete in competitions and train, from Portpatrick to Fraserburgh, all over England, North and South Ireland, Wales, Germany, Serbia and Holland.  The club operates 3 nights per week, and is well attended with over 30 members.  There is a promising development squad with members who have achieved gold and silver medals at this year’s West of Scotland finals.  The club runs two boxing shows per year that are always sell outs, and allows the Club to showcase the of their boxers and also acts as fundraising events for the club, as the fuel alone for the “Battle Bus” is a considerable amount on an annual basis.
 
Don Burns
(Kirkcaldy and Central Fife (Presented March 2014)
The winner attended Dunfermline HS where he learned to play rugby in the early 1960s. After school days he joined Rosyth Civil Service RFC where he played for many seasons.
In later years Don took up refereeing and became an enthusiastic member of the Midlands Rugby Referees Society while continuing to do a wide variety of tasks for Civil Service, later to become Rosyth and District RFC and then Fife Southern. 
He joined Kirkcaldy RFC in 1995 and became 1st XV team manager immediately, a post he held for a decade. At the same time he was still actively involved in the Referees Society handling referees match expenses and international ticket allocation. 
Don became treasurer of Kirkcaldy RFC in 2005, a position he still holds. He took over the presidency of the Club in 2007 and held that post for five years.
He was elected to the Scottish Rugby Council in 2006, as representative of the Midlands Regional League Clubs and occupied that position for a six year term.  After relinquishing the club presidency and his club membership both in 2012 he had a relatively quiet year.
However a vacancy occurred in 2013, and he took over the duties of 2nd XV team manager.
His rugby interests are not just confined to the Referees Society and Kirkcaldy but every spring sees him travel to all of Scotland's Six Nations matches, home and away. In both 2007 and 2011 he attended the Rugby World Cup, first in France and then in New Zealand.
Don is also as a season ticket holder at both Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby, so his Friday evenings are generally fully occupied.
 
Johnny Brown
Falkirk Sports Council (Presented March 2014)
For over 20 years Jonny Brown has let Canoe Slamom in Scotland and in particuar in the Falkirk Council Area. He has been inspirational incoaching and preparing young padlers for national and international competitions. He has endured the worst that Scottish weather can send while working all the year round outdoor and indoor in his efforts to get the best out of his pupils. As a former national coach and development coach he has developed the sport in Scotland to able to compete with the best in the world. His list of achievements are endless and we are delighted to nominate Jonny for a National Service award.
 
David Henderson
Clackmannanshire Sports Council (Presented 6th March 2014)
David has been a junior player, first XI captain, President and grounds man of Clackmannanshire County Cricket Club for over 50 years.  At the club he has coached junior players and maintained the pitches to the highest standard possible.  David has and still does inspire members of the club with his dedication and selflessness and has been a role model for many cricketers, young and old.  His personal network extends throughout Scotland's cricket community and is a highly respected ambassador for our club and the County.
 
Jim Stables
Sport Inverclyde (Presented 21st February 2014)
"Following retirement from paid employment in 2003, Jim discovered the sport of Curling.  However, joining and enjoying the sport with Gourock Curling Club did not satisfy his desire to be more involved.  Consequently and with the initial assistance of David Horne, the then Curling Development Officer at the Waterfront, he took over the fledgling After Schools Club and so began a long and successful partnership.
Renaming it the Waterfront Junior Curling Club, he designed the club badge, acquired distinctive club apparel and set about raising the membership and profile of the club.  Originally with only 7 members, the club now boasts a membership close to 35. lt is currently the biggest and best structured in the area.
Jim has introduced many innovative features in addition to its regular training sessions: he filmed and produced its dedicated training DVD, 'Know your Curling'; organised two annual fundraising charity events, one called, 'Coffee 'n Curl' to coincide with the Macmillan Cancer Support appeal; the other called, 'Curl-a-tonne'; an annual Family Funspiel and other events throughout the year all aimed at raising awareness of the sport in lnverclyde in general and the Waterfront lce Rink in particular.
He has continued with the RCCC Skills Awards programme achieving 81 so far including 3 in the Gold category, more than any other club in Scotland. He was particularly proud this year to see a team from his club become Scottish Champions at the annual competition in Perth.
Apart from his work with the juniors and utilising his Level 2 Technical Coach accreditation, he regularly organises and coaches Try Curling and Taster Sessions at the Waterfront again in the interests of establishing lnverclyde as a centre of curling excellence. This has led to him being nominated and short-listed in the past two years for the prestigious lce Diamond award from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club.
Diagnosed with cancer in February 2O1.! Jim fought the disease and subsequent challenging treatment and proudly claimed never to have missed a single juniors' training session' His love of the sport remains undiminished and he still dedicates a major part of his leisure time ensuring those under his charge reach their full potential.
Jim writes reports of numerous junior curling events and these with his photographs are regularly published in the Greenock Telegraph and Your Curler, the monthly on-line magazine of the RCCC. He has also given and arranged for others to have live interviews on Your Radio FM. There is no doubt this inspirational coach has influenced a host of young curlers to seek national and international honours in their chosen sport. He claims his main motivation for working so intensively at the sport is to leave a lasting legacy for junior curling in lnverclyde. As he has said many times: 'Today's children are tomorrow's adults and these juniors will provide the backbone to many of the adult curling clubs in the area for years to come'.
Sadly, Jim has intimated that the current curling season will be his last as Vice-Chairman of this junior club as control passes on to the remaining members of the management team.  However, despite his retirement from junior curling, he still plans to continue his general coaching activities at the Waterfront to raise and maintain the curling profile in lnverclyde."
 
Douglas Murray
SportMoray (Presented on 26th November 2013)
"Douglas Murray was introduced into the sport of orienteering in the mid 1980's when his children became attracted to the sport and very quickly he became hooked. The family competed regularly all over the country and little did he know at that time that it would come to play such a major part of his life after his retirement from work as a GP. Douglas threw his post retirement energies into being Treasurer for the 1999 instalment of the Scottish 6 Days orienteering event. Douglas was responsible for processing 5,000 entries and managing a hefty budget that brought millions of pounds to the North economy. Thereafter, he became one of the stalwarts of the Scottish 6 Days Festival. He was course planner in 2001 when it was held in Lochaber, organiser of one of the days in 2003, stage organiser at Royal Deeside in 2005, senior controller in 2007, in 2009 he masterminded the car parking teams in Tayside and in 2013 he took responsibility for police liaison, public transport and event signposting for the memorable Moray event that attracted 4,000 participants to the area. As well as the 6 Days event, Douglas's CV lists an impressive track record of major national event organisation. He has been involved with the Scottish Score Championships, the British Elite Championships, the Scottish Orienteering League and he has certainly played a part in helping the region be selected as the location for the 2015 World Championships. In relation to his own local club, Douglas became Secretary of Moravian Orienteering Club in 2000, changing to Treasurer in 2005, a role he has held ever since and shows no signs of relinquishing. He has assisted with more local events than anyone can remember and is still a competitor at his club's Saturday League events."
 
Linda Campbell & Pauline Donaldson
Lochaber Sports Association (Presented on 22nd November 2013)
"Linda Campell has worked tirelessly to get the new changing facilities at Canal Parks, involving many hours at meetings or filling out forms. She gives the Club 100%, not only as secretary, but getting involved in several other areas, including fundraising and cooking. Linda is a good motivator and encourages everyone with her professional and friendly manner.
Pauline Donaldson, too, has worked tirelessly for Lochaber Rugby Club in a variety of roles; from being membership secretary, to being chief organiser of the annual fireworks display, youth festivals programme, and inter schools touch rugby.  Added to this, ‘Aunty Pauline’  - as she is affectionately known – is  a driving force in the club, helping and cajoling all to be the best they can be."
 
Pat Griffin
ClubSport Stirling (Presented on 19th November 2013)
Profile to follow shortly
 
 
 
Gordon Simpson
Sports Council for Glasgow (Presented on 18th November 2013)
Across all rowing clubs in Glasgow, Gordon works without boundaries to help and assist any club in need. He is the constant in the transient nature of both university rowing clubs – being the fixer, the ‘hands-on’ man at Glasgow Schools where he battles against a decaying building and supports the rapid development of that club.  To the neighbours of Clydesdale Rowing Club in the West Boathouse, he is the janitor, attending to leaks in the roof, fixing the steps by the river, welcoming any interest in our sport from passers-by.
Within Clydesdale Rowing Club, Gordon continues to be the embodiment of what being a ‘club’ is all about. His support of new and established members is welcoming and relentless. He encourages interdependency and friendship regardless of ability, age, background. He always sees the very best in absolutely everyone and encourages tolerance and forgiveness when others are losing their cool. From coaching beginners to towing trailers, mending boats and offering wise advice, having served on the committee for over 50 years – his enthusiasm for rowing sport is undiminished even after a stroke in early 2011. His ‘can-do’ attitude remains as strong as ever whilst his renowned delegation skills become ever more effective. Everyone has been “Gordoned” into assisting in some task such is the subtle persuasion of Gordon, he explains the value of the job in hand and has you volunteering before he has to ask.
Gordon has been with Glasgow Schools through thick and thin. From the hey-day of the club with over 400 participants decades ago, through the dark days where the only juniors rowing in Glasgow were hosted by other clubs and could be counted on one hand, Gordon ensured the identity of Glasgow Schools was never extinguished.  Latterly, he has been the key man in supporting the exponential growth of our club as we stepped out of the incubator which Gordon’s other club (Clydesdale) provided us (probably thanks to Gordon’s influence).
He has put in place and implemented a plan to turn a run-down facility into a working safe environment for school rowers, completely refurbishing and increasing boat storage and launching areas, rebuilding launching steps, maintaining Glasgow schools fleet and towing to regattas.  He ensures the club’s ever growing fleet is kept in good working order and can regularly be found showing juniors how to paint oars with club colours - motivating rowers to play their part by taking a pride in their equipment and their clubhouse.
Rowers around the world will know Gordon for his tireless work supporting visiting nations to the 1986 Commonwealth Games, through to the 2007 World Under 23 Championships. International teams recognise Gordon practically as host of Scottish Rowing as he arranged boats, logistics and on-site repairs to the visiting teams. Rowers in Scotland will know of Gordon has the man who introduced Katherine Grainger to our sport, before her rowing career took off in Edinburgh.
It is difficult to do justice to the contribution of this remarkable man. It has been massive, sustained and given with no motive other than his deep love of his sport. He has given of his time at personal cost to himself gaining his pleasure from seeing that of others. It is estimated he spends over 30-40 hours/week working between Glasgow clubs.
 
Jim McClelland
Stewartry Sports Council (Presented on 15th November 2013)
(Picture provided by Jim McEwan from the Galloway News)
"Jim Mclelland is well “ken” in the area and is regarded as an extremely generous and kind individual. Jim has contributed much to sport, to his community and to Stewartry at large for a considerable length of time and for at least 25 years.
His services and enthusiasm have been unstinting.  He has been influential in the introduction of the multi disciplinary sport of triathlon to the area and for championing wild water swimming. Back in 1989 when Sky Television first broadcast on UK television, his efforts and vision were key to establishing the inaugural Crossmichael Triathlon. Raising thousands of pounds for charity in the intervening years it came to an end in 1997. But in September 2011 this champion of sport decided to revive this memorable and enjoyable event which provides such a link for the community. The third successive year had now passed again with much success and triumph and looks set to become a firm fixture.
Buoyed by that success Jim went on in May 2012 to reintroduce the Crossmichael Marathon which had been absent from the local sporting calendar for some 15 years. Both of these events are growing in numbers each year attracting competitors from further afield. Importantly the exposure to this kind of event helps create awareness and acceptance for many in our community who would not otherwise have been interested in such an event or decided to “give it a go”.
Jim has through his own energy, determination and drive succeeded in providing a well run, highly enjoyable and quality venue for athletes in our part of Galloway. Notwithstanding this unwavering contribution to sport he has for well over 20 years, as the proprietor of the Thistle Inn Crossmichael, organised the Annual New Year’s Charity Dip in Loch Ken which has in that time raised thousands of pounds for charity.
This sportsman has increased the profile, participation and awareness of endurance and multi disciplinary events in the Stewartry and the wider region. By these actions, he has made an impact on sport within this community."
 
Rick Kenney
Ettrick & Lauderdale Sports Council (Presented on 15th November 2013)
"A current 7th Dan and a widely respected former top performing international athlete in Judo, this year Rick reached 50 years continuous involvement with that sport. In 2012 he was awarded a Life Membership of Judo Scotland. Then in 2013 he was honoured to be elected to the Executive Presidency of the Commonwealth Judo Association. From 2004-7 Rick was a member of the successful bid team that brought the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow 2014.
Rick has worked in various parts of Scotland from South West, Central, Edinburgh and the Borders but his name is synonymous with success everywhere he goes. In 2013 he travelled to London to receive an award from Russia for his dedication to wrestling and he was delighted to see that wrestling has, just this year, been reinstated as an Olympic sport.
His work in the Ettrick & Lauderdale and the Scottish Borders has been unstinting through his commitment and dedication to anything he undertakes.
Some of his achievements have come in employment with the Local Authority but it is stressed that even then he was a dedicated volunteer giving many hours in numerous capacities before becoming more fully involved in the third sector after his retirement three years ago.
Rick was instrumental in chairing the two major Groups that produced both Scottish Borders 'Volunteering' and 'Disability' strategies in the area. He set up the Athlete Support Programme and the BEST swim programme and continues to chair both of those Groups. He was there from the inception of the group set up to drive forward the development of the original Scottish Borders Sport Strategy. The (PAPSE) group and over that time had chaired 2 theme groups on 'performance and excellence' and 'coaching and volunteering' in his normal first class manner. The structure and principles within the strategy will never be lost and will remain in place as a strong basis for the future.
Some of his other successes include the delivery of the Coach Scholarship Scheme; attracting funding from sportscotland to initiate a Coaching Conference in the Borders; setting up Sport Borders which had evolved from the Borders Sports Development Group; and the establishment of the project that ultimately provided a 3G pitch in Galashiels.
Currently he is martial arts representative on the Sports Council, a member of SALSC Member Services working group, serves as Judo representative on the Cross Party Group for Sport at Holyrood, and was very recently elected chair of the Borders Sports Council Development Group - even that was not enough for him - he is also Vice Chair of Gala and Langlee Community Council – what a tireless man."