"Champions keep playing until they get it right."
Billie Jean King
Winners of the Service to Sport Award from 1st November 2012 to 31st October 2013.
Scotland's oustanding volunteers, recognised by Local Sports Councils through the presentation of a Service to Sport Award in 2012-13 are (starting with the most recent):
South Ayrshire Sports Council (Presented on 24th October 2013)
"Rosemary was one of the original parents when the Kyle Figure Skating Club was formed in 1982 and still dedicates every Saturday to maintaining the club's grass-roots level classes, having watched her own daughters, Suzanne and Gillian compete at National & International level and Suzanne at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Through Rosemary's dedication and hard work in maintaining the quality of the grass roots programme, which is the first time many try skating, Kyle Figure Skating Club has steadily grown a healthy membership with a large number of the clubs skaters going on to achieve competitive success both nationally and more recently, 3 girls representing Great Britain internationally, having started in the 'learn to skate' programme.
Rosemary for the past 10 years has organised the Kyle Annual Open, a 3 day event attracting more than 250 competitors from all over the UK. Without Rosemary's dedication, support and time, Kyle would not be the elite premier Ice Figure Skating Club it is today."
Aberdeen Sports Council (Presented on 18th October 2013)
"It all started with a visit to an Aberdeen Ski Club night, held in the YMCA in 1967 – Katie was hooked! The next Sunday she boarded the Aberdeen Ski Club bus at Queens Cross along with a hired pair of skis and was off to Glenshee for a day’s skiing. There she was to make friends for life.
It wasnt long before Katie found herself roped into being Minute Secretary starting her long involvement with the Aberdeen Ski Club committee. Her positions in the Club include Minute Secretary, Bus Convenor, Social Convenor, Secretary and eventually the first female Chairman.
Due to her good admin knowledge she was quickly then introduced to assisting with the Race Results at all the events in Scotland, becoming an important member of the ASC Race Team. She became a director of the Scottish National Ski Council – the Governing Body for Skiing in Scotland – starting on the committee before becoming Safety Officer and the North East representative for 10 years.
Largely down to Katie's hard work, with a lot of persuasion she eventually obtained agreement from the Governing Body to set up the Glenshee facility. At the time Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth Ski Clubs combined their athletes and around 90 children at all levels were training at Glenshee. To this day the facility is still operating some 30 years on.
Katie provided the Club’s first premises in Belgrave Terrace when she became Chairman of the club. Katie was elected as Chairman four times during the 80s, 90s and even the 2000s. Each time bringing the club back to a good financial position and representation at all levels of the Governing Body both in Scotland and at an International level.
When the slope closed at Kaimhill in 1995 Katie worked tirelessly over some considerable time to make important contacts and fight to have the venue re-instated. It took some 9-10 years to be rebuilt and finally reopened in 2004 but Katie kept the club going during this difficult time. In 2006 Katie decided to retire as Chairman due to allow younger members to take over. The club have subsequently joined up with the Aberdeen Snowsport Centre and after some years the club is back up and enjoying a large membership and producing again many talented athletes. At the AGM on Katie’s retirement she was honoured by being made President of the Club for Life a position she is of course very proud of she still keeps an eye on the activities of the Club and is always there to provide advice if required.
Katie has also been part of Aberdeen Sports Council for many years and has been Treasurer/Secretary since 1997, a position she excels at constantly. She has also been Awards Convenor and is Secretary of the Scottish Golden Oldies Rugby enjoying travelling the world with her partner David to various rugby festivals."
Berwickshire Sports Council (Presented on 11th October 2013)
"Cis Redpath has been playing tennis since she was 15 (most of it in the beautiful surroundings of Duns Park). Her first stint lasted 10 years. Cis then stopped playing as she had family commitments but returned to the sport thirty years ago and made both the ladies and mixed double teams - when most people would be thinking of sitting at the fire with their slippers - and she has been there ever since. Cis has helped many juniors over the years to improve their tennis skills. Cis and her family were also responsible for securing an ambulance portacabin as a club house and putting in electricity and water for the Duns Tennis Club.
Cis and the Redpath family have made a massive contribution to sponsoring all types of sport in not only Berwickshire but also in Roxburghshire and north Northumberland. The Redpath family have sponsored the Duns Junior Mixed Doubles under 16s tournament for the last 20 years and the Reivers Week Adult Mixed Doubles for the past 35 years. Cis has also been a keen curler over the years and played for both Duns and Lammermuir. They have also sponsored many curling events in both the Borders and Glendale Leagues. Other clubs in the area to benefit from the Redpaths generous sponsorship have been Duns Goolf Club, Duns Mini Rugby Club and Duns Swimming Pool Annual Gala.
Cis and the Redpath family through their generosity have helped sustain both sporting events and club development over many years in Berwickshire and beyond."
Lewis & Harris Sports Council (Presented on 8th October 2013)
"Eric ‘Strada’ Macleod has been involved in local sport in a voluntary capacity for over 20 years. He has been a player, coach, referee & manager across all age groups to senior at Stornoway Athletic FC winning numerous cups. He is currently the Coaching Coordinator for Stornoway Athletic and is leading the U12 age group which boasts over 60 boys & girls on a weekly basis and is still flourishing due to the coaches’ enthusiasm and commitment. He also attends and assists at various football events & tournaments throughout the year and across the different levels from junior to senior. Strada is the manager of the Men’s Western Isles Island Games football team and is the Head Coach of the Lewis & Harris U19 Football Development Squad, where he was recently influential in the restructuring of the Lewis & Harris Development Squads as a whole.
In order to further progress his passion for sport and working with young people he has attended numerous courses & workshops, most recently including SFA Level 1.3 Course (and now planning to work towards SFA Level 1.4). He also has SFA senior club coach, Positive Coaching Scotland Tutor Training and UK Disability Inclusion Training (SQA). In the past he also attended various workshops, coaching conferences and numerous sport & physical activity events, leaving him perfectly placed to further enable him to contribute to local sport effectively.
In the past he has successfully achieved an HND in Sports Coaching & Sports Development and to further feed his passion he left his job to gain a further degree in BA Health Studies. He has recently graduated successfully from this and hopes to take his vast knowledge, skills and experience into his future employment where he has been employed as an Active Schools Coordinator.
However, throughout all his work and degree studies he has always continued his voluntary work with young people which shows his drive, passion and enthusiasm to make a difference, whether this has been through Stornoway Athletic, L&H Development Squads, WIIGA or helping out as a Physical Activity Coordinator at Pursuit Hebrides.
All of the above shows how motivated and committed Strada is to working with young people and the fact that this has been wholly voluntary for over 20 years shows the drive and passion he possesses. He has contributed to sport on the island at every possible level over a number of years and has been, and continues to be, a role model to a huge number of young people. Well respected by coaches, colleagues and players, we believe that Strada is a more than worthy candidate to receive the SALSC Service to Sport Award."
Roxburgh Sports Council (Presented on 20th September 2013)
"As a youngster Norman was always keen on following sport and started playing rugby at Selkirk. This interest continued through the rest of his education and into his teaching career. In those days, young teachers were timetabled to take Games classes and it was expected of them to take extra- curricular sport. He played for Kelso but suffered a serious injury at the age of 25 so took to coaching and administration in sport from then on.
Norman worked his way up through the Kelso club and also the South of Scotland School Rugby Union. From there he became a leading light in the Scottish Schools Rugby Union becoming Treasurer and then President. He has also been secretary and President of Kelso RFC. As retirement approached, he was invited to become involved with Kelso Cricket Club and, on the death of Sandy Bruce, SPORTKelso. He currently serves both as Treasurer.
He was a volunteer at both Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986 and hopes to be involved at Glasgow next summer if he passes the interview! He also currently helps run the Scottish Schools rugby cup competitions and is Treasurer of the Border League and is Secretary of the National League Rugby Forum. He also sits on the SRU Appeals panel. Just in case he is stuck for things to do, he is on the Committee of Kelso Allotment Society, plays a little golf and spends time walking in the Borders hills chasing grouse or pheasants as well as doting on his three granddaughters. His regrets in his sporting life are his knee injury and the fact that he never lived anywhere where he could play cricket. Beach cricket at Eyemouth does not count!"
Perth & Kinross Sports Council (Presented on 13th June 2013)
"Bob has dedicated his work and spare time in being involved in all types of sports and leisure activities. His enthusiasm is all encompassing, this is visible to all who have the pleasure of working and meeting him. Not backward at coming forward Bob has always defended the importance of sport and leisure for all regardless of background or abilities and is not frightened of arguing the case. Bob has taken part in many various sporting activities and is not afraid to try his hand at anything from bungie-jumping, to walking to the base camp at Mount Everest, setting the pace at the Sport Relief Mile to walking about the streets of Blairgowrie dressed as a bunny rabbit!
Bob was appointed Vice Chair of Perth & Kinross Sports Council from 1996 – 2000 during which time he also took over when the Chairman George Duncan became seriously ill and sadly passed away. Bob was appointed Chair of the Sports Council for the year 2000 - 2001 and then again from 2006 until present time.
Also as an elected Councillor with Perth & Kinross Council, Bob has always been heavily involved on Committees, Working Groups and Forums for sport and leisure throughout. Bob’s hard work and dedication to supporting sport and leisure activities is an inspiration to all and makes him more than a worthy winner of the SALSC award."
Caithness District Sports Council (Presented on 29th May 2013)
Badenoch & Strathspey Sports Council (Presented on 21st May 2013)
"Ranald was nominated by the Cairngorm Ski Club for his tireless enthusiasm in carrying out the clubs aims. He joined the committee in 2004 and has just retired after 10 years in office as coaching convenor. He has organised club coaching of race training (about 80 trainees), organised and set up the clubs coaching staff and dealt with coaching policy to promote club excellence. His highlights in 2012 were to put in pace 6 coaches to teach the children racing and he put all of his spare time into club activities despite being in and out of hospital. Ranalds future target is top 10 finishes for the clubs trainees. His children are also involved in club skiing, they can definitely be described as "pistie beasties"!"
East Fife Sports Council (Presented on 9th May 2013)
"Robbie has been associated with Falkland Cricket Club for over 40 years and his dedication, commitment and contribution to both club and sport during that time has been immense.
Robbie started playing cricket as a junior in the 1960s and has held a number of official club positions over the years including President (4 years), Vice President ( 2 years), Treasurer (11 years) , Committee Member (since 1980) and Youth Convenor ( 3 years). In recognition of his outstanding contribution Robbie was made a Life Member in 2008.
Outwith performing his official club duties Robbie always volunteers to take on additional tasks which include organising fund raising events, promoting and marketing both club and sport at every opportunity and regularly supporting club events and work days.
Robbie has a real desire to get more children playing cricket. As our Youth Convenor he coaches weekly during the summer and winter, organises summer camps and junior matches, manages our U13 and U15 teams and chairs our Junior Committee. He has been the club’s representative on The Fife Junior Cricket Association Committee for the last few years.
Last year in conjunction with Active Schools he introduced and coached cricket, over an 8 week period, to over 250 children in six local primary schools. The taster sessions culminated in a cricket festival (which he organised). This year he is coaching in eight schools over a 12 week period.
In 2013 Robbie is still at the forefront of things and is our Treasurer and Youth Convenor. He also intends to continue playing competitive cricket and just to keep himself busy is leading a project to replace our existing clubhouse.
The time and effort that Robbie has put in to both club and sport has been outstanding. Falkland Cricket Club would not be in the healthy position it finds itself without his contribution."
East Kilbride Sports Council (Presented on 26th April 2013)
"Ross MacLeod, aged 52, has been playing badminton for 47 years and has won many competitions and trophies over the years. He achieved his coaching certificate in 1997 and is currently coaching convenor for Lanarkshire area schools badminton association.
Ross is also coach for the Country junior teams at all levels and travels throughout the UK with his star pupils.
In addition to all his specialised coaching Ross also finds time to help the local juniors. On a Sunday evening at the John Wright Sports Centre he coaches kids from local primary and secondary schools. On a Monday night he is back at the same venue to take classes for beginners and on a Thursday evening he can be found at St Andrews and St Brydes School coaching more local juniors.
The highlight of this year is his three day annual visit to the National Sports Centre at Inverclyde as part of the Sports Council squads where he finds time to mix his coaching classes with time to socialise with coaches from the Gymnastics club and Strathaven Dynamo Football club."
Hamilton Sports Council (Presented on 19th April 2013)
"Alistair played rugby for Hamilton Academy and Lanarkshire County when at school from 1964-1970. He continued playing for Hamilton Academy Former Pupils firsts and an occasional game for Lanarkshire and one game for a Glasgow Junior representative side until a serious jaw break in 1982 curtailed his career.
Alistair underwent a coaching course under Sir Ian McGeechan and coached Hamilton Accies Rugby Football Club for two years. Here he returned to playing ‘social’ rugby captaining Second and Thirds. He had a further spell of coaching the senior club until a serious shoulder injury in 1989 effectively put him out of the playing side of things.
But his playing efforts are merely a footnote to his extensive years of coaching. Alistair was mini-rugby coach and eventually mini-coordinator for Hamilton from 2001 to 2006. From 1975 to 2012 Alistair taught biology at Cathkin High School and coached and refereed rugby at all year groups, returning to coach after he took early retirement in 2011. Cathkin produced Mike Bennett (U16 Scotland in the 1990s); Johnny McLaughlin (who went on to win caps for Scotland's hearing impaired team); more recently, Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors stand-off and Scotland Internationalist) as well as many of the current crop of Hamilton Bulls and Cambuslang players.
Cathkin S1/2s have won the Dalziel Cup seven out of the last 11 years, while the U15 side were narrowly beaten by Fettes College in the final of the U15 Plate at Murrayfield a few years back. The U18 side lost in the semi-final of the John Lewis Scottish Schools 7-a-sides to eventual winners Bell Baxter (having previously knocked out Robert Gordon’s the holders and Heriots.)"
Tweeddale Sports Council (Presented on 19th April 2013)
"Sheila’s sporting life began in her early teens playing badminton in both Kirklands and St Andrews where she was also treasurer for a couple of years. She moved onto judo where she was coached by Eustice Corcker, Jimmy McGuire and Ian Weir and went on to train and coach under George Kerr of the Edinburgh club. While coaching Sheila was also taking self defence classes in the drill hall in Peebles and helping out with the admin of the club. She performed judo exhibitions with Ian Weir as half of a little and large partnership. Sheila eventually became Scottish and North West England Champion in her weight category, achieving her black belt on the way. At that time she became the first qualified female referee in Scotland and received a civil Service Award for her input to judo.
Her next involvement was with the squash club based at the Hydro, playing and working on the admin side of both the local club and the Border League. A glutton for punishment Sheila took up hockey where she was involved with the original ladies squad and along with Gloria Smith and Anne Clyde went on to play for both the Borders and South East Scotland Over 35s squads. During this time some of the ladies trained under the guidance of the late great Dan Ward and played rugby at the Greenyards in Melrose.
Sheila, along with Bill Simpson and the evergreen Donald Swanson ran the Tote draw for over 10 years, raising thousands of pounds and allowing the club to move from their premises in the Northgate to there new club house in the Eastgate. As she matured however Sheila decided that she was not destined to become a sporting great and started to focus more on the admin side of things. She joined Innerleithen Golf Club where she became captain and helped with the running of the club. She then joined Peebles Golf Club and was lady captain in 1998 when they moved to the new clubhouse which was opened by Prince Andrew. Also at this time she served on the Golf Council and was assistant convenor to the late Jim Carruthers. Sheila has served on the Tweeddale Sports Council Executive for over 20 years and in that time has been involved as the golf rep and the secondary schools rep."
Cambuslang & Rutherglen Sports Council (Presented on 15th April 2013)
Wigtownshire Sports Council (Presented on 22nd March 2013)
"Frank Coulson was born with the correct initials F.C - Fitba Crazy as he was from his earliest years, he played school football and local league football. Frank went to PE College and played amateur football before playing in the South of Scotland league along with many well remembered local players. He moved onto the first team around 1966 where he played as an amateur before turning professional with Partick Thistle.
There he was part of the Thistle team which defeated Celtic 4-1 in the Scottish League Cup Final in 1971. During this time Frank became involved in SFA coaching and gave up his PE post and became the SFA Director of Youth Development which took him all over the world. He became well known to many personalities in the world of football who attended courses at Largs including well known names such as Walter Smith, Craig Brown, Pele, and Eusebio.
When Frank retired from the SFA he took up the post of youth coach for the second time with Stranraer FC, helping to improve the young players in the area. During his first term he helped Shaun McSkimming, John McQuillan and Gary Agnew to make their way in the professional game. Dean Agnew who has been part of the recent youth policy has received a Scottish schools under 18 cap and is awaiting his opportunity with the Stranraer FC first team. Frank's vision was always that local boys would get the opportunity of playing with Stranraer FC. Frank carries on his love of football working as a match invigilator for the SFA, which involves attending matches around the premier grounds in Scotland."
Kirkcaldy & Central Fife Sports Council (Presented on 14th March 2013) (Picture provided by the Fife Free Press)
"In his ten years associated with his club he has not only performed the role of Club Coach, coaching beginners from as young as 8 to intermediate and seniors, but he has also coordinated and led the winter training programme (running, swimming and gym work). Alan is also a Safety Boat Driver on club nights often giving up his own sessions to perform this necessary task.
In recent years, Alan has been one of the coaches for the Scottish Development Squad, assisting with winter training sessions at Stirling University, squad days on the water at Strathclyde Park in the summer and coaching at National Regattas in Nottingham.
To encourage others to participate away from the club environment he organises and drives the club trailer to venues such as Linlithgow Loch, Strathclyde Park, the River Dee, Loch Lubnaig and to the Hasler finals in England in places such as Reading, Bedford, Wokingham and Worcester. Alan also carries out repairs to club boats and keeps them in a satisfactory condition.
Over the years, Alan has given up many evenings outwith club nights to enable local groups to ‘Come and Try’ a night on Kinghorn Loch – often encouraging reluctant paddlers and swimmers to give it a go – on many occasions leading from the front and often being the first to jump in for a well deserved swim at the end of the session.
As a paddler, Alan has had many creditable results over the years – but most notable was his 2nd place with his K2 partner, Derek Veale, in the Division 7 Hasler final of 2008 in Burton on Trent and another 2nd place in the division 9 K2 race with his partner grant Bradbeer in 2006."
Clydesdale Sports Council (Presented on 8th March 2013)
"John has been involved with the sport of Bowls for many years in the Clydesdale area and beyond. In the 1950’s he was involved in starting Carpet Bowls in the Clydesdale area. He was a member of the Crawford Carpet Bowling Club where, for many years, he held the position of Secretary and represented the club throughout the district. In 1986 he joined Carnwath Bowling Club holding several positions within the Committee, including Secretary of the club for 17 years. In 1990 he became a club coach and coached many junior Bowlers within the club and local schools. From there he became the Clydesdale area Coach.
In addition, he worked closely with Clydesdale Sports Council in the junior development of Bowls involving many come and try events and school coaching sessions. These initiatives were set up with a view to increasing the junior membership of clubs in the Clydesdale area and promoting the sport in general. He helped organise many Sports Council junior Bowling events throughout the area, including the Clydesdale Junior Singles and Pairs Championships which are still going strong to this day.
Over the years he attended many courses and seminars with a view to one day becoming an Umpire. Through many hours of dedication he achieved this in 1998. For many years he umpired District and Lanarkshire events. He umpired his first major Bowls tournament in 2004 which was the World Bowls Championships at Northfield, Ayr. Since then he has umpired several large tournaments throughout the World, his most recent being the World Bowls Championships in Adelaide, Australia in 2012.
Two years ago he became the Area Liaison Officer for Districts 25, 26 and 27 being in charge of 32 Umpires. This role includes running courses and specific training for current and future Umpires. He is currently actively involved with the Sports Council’s very successful Senior 60+ Indoor Carpet Bowls Project where, over the years he has been very successful and a great supporter."
Aberdeenshire Sports Council (Presented on 8th March 2013)
"Mike has been involved in basketball in Banchory and with Banchory Academy for more than 20 years and was a founding member of the Banchory Basketball Club. The Team started with one men’s team and was quickly promoted from the 3rd to the 1st Division. Mike has been involved throughout this time as a player and coach.
In the last 10 years he has been involved in growing the sport at Banchory Academy. The club now has around 80 boys and girls playing weekly at school and this means that the club can run 3 boys teams and 3 girl’s teams in both local and National Competitions.
Mike has given a huge amount of time and effort to promoting the sport in Banchory. During this time he has also held all the official club positions that are required to make the club run. He currently coaches one of the girl’s teams and as a qualified referee does most of our home matches whenever asked. His effort and time commitment over the last 20 years has been hard to quantify but certainly has been central to building a strong and prosperous club. Mike continues to give up Mondays, Wednesdays and many weekends supporting the school and club teams in a coaching capacity."
Falkirk Sports Council (Presented on 7th March 2013)
"Ian has been teaching swimming for over 20 years. He still currently teaches 5 nights a weeks and also teaches at the Bo'Ness Disability Club.
He has taught swimmers at all levels, including ones who have gone on to compete at National Championships and the Commonwealth Games. In addition to his club work, Ian also visits schools in Bo'Ness and teaches the students each year. He is respected by his swimmers, parents and colleagues for his knowledge of the sport and the tireless work he puts in to teaching people to swim.
Ian has passed retirement age and his commitment show his passion for the sport. He is still keen to learn new skills, improving his own knowledge and helping to pass on to new colleagues the knowledge he has learnt from the sport."
Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council (Presented on 27th February 2013)
Paul was the long standing and well respected Chair of Scottish Karate for 30 years. It is largely thanks to Paul's hard work that Scotland hosted the Karate World Championships in 2011, the first time Scotland has hosted this prestigous event.
Paul has been a phenomincal coach for Karate, supporting the development of many local children and adults both disabled & able bodied.
Paul is a credit to his sport and the area and is a worthy winner of the award.
Sport Inverclyde (Presented on 22nd February 2013)
Profile of winner to appear here soon
Clackmannanshire Sports Council (Presented on 21st February 2013)
"Shona has officiated in athletics for the last 32 years and gives most weekends to the sport as a highly dedicated volunteer. She is a great role model for new officials and is always willing to help and support them at events.
Shona was one of the few Scots from Clackmannanshire selected to officiate at both the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
For the last 20 years Shona has coached with Central Athletics and over the last 6 years has taken on the addiitonal responsibility of coaching at the Forth Valley Flyers, a club for people with disabilities wanting to be involved in the sport.
Shona is a model volunteer who gives so much to the sport and athletes in Clackmannanshire."
Glasgow (Presented on 1st February 2013)
"Eric has been involved with Drumchapel Tennis Club since he was seven years old. Eric's role as Club President and Secretary has gone well beyond the job description over the past forty years. He has been the main Junior coach for the past forty years, he's organised league matches and has been key to many players' development but that's not all. He's the handyman, drain-fixer, shop keeper and promoter - as well as the all important main fund raiser.
Eric spends both Saturday and Sunday in two-hour sessions with 4-12 year olds - all for free and for any youngster who has a taste for the sport - this has been happening since the 70's. His coaching has produced a wealth of talent who have played in every league and every level in the west of Scotland. Eric currently coaches pupils of local schools, after-school clubs and summer camps as well as disabled group coaching at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. He has inspired many kids to take up tennis on a regular basis and has sustained the membership of Drumchapel Tennis Club for many years. Eric also organises the Drumchapel Inter-Club Tennis tournament - one of the biggest events in the Glasgow Tennis Calendar. It takes a lot of time to organise the six clubs in the surrounding areas of Bearsden, Milngavie and the West End in competition and he has done it for the last forty years.
Eric is involved with the local Community Council. Whether it's keep-fit classes, arts and crafts or coffee mornings, Eric is the main catalyst in keeping many of the older residents of Blairdardie and Drumchapel active."
Lochaber Sports Association (Presented on 29th December 2012)
"Laura Barbour has been a Lochaber Athletics Club committee member for a number of years, whilst being Ladies Team Captain and maintaining the club's website results."
Inverness Area Sports Council (Presented on 7th December 2012)
"Duncan has coached the junior athletes in the club to winning 5 Scottish age group titles, winning the National under 12 superteam title and the National Relay Age group title, they have also won the North section of the Young Athletes League, qualifying them for the Scottish final where they finished fifth. His group also won several titles in the final of the Petrofac League Final and he is now coaching an elite group of young throwers who are currently ranked in the top 3 in the UK in their current age group. Duncan's commitment to his athletes and the club has been massive, not only to coaching but also in attending competitons right across Scotland as a team Coach and also as Team Manager. Apart from his direct commitment to his athletes, Duncan has also and most importantly shown considerable leadership qualities in the manner in which he has coordinated the efforts of the other coaches and the increasing band of parents and helpers in which he has encouraged and developed.
Duncan has played the lead role in the transformation of the young athletes at Inverness Harriers into a group which has made major competitive marks both locally and nationally and - even more importantly - is now ideally set up for its members to move into more senior levels of competition excellently prepared for this vital transition. Leading a team of several new coaches into the club he has used a variety of methodologies not only to prepare them for competition but also to do so in a manner which has promoted enjoyment of the sport which has been influential in the youngsters having an extended stay in the club and sport.
Apart from competitive achievements, perhaps the most powerful testament to the success of what has happened at the club is the dramatic rise in numbers now attending Inverness Harriers. This group now comprises over 100 enthusiastic and committed youngsters, which has been a massive step forward, compared to the numbers attending a few years ago. These numbers are still rising along with the performance standards and this is a tribute to the quality of work which goes on in Duncan's group and the manner in which the coaching is being delivered. Duncan has also been deeply involved in meeting the high standards of safety and general Child Protection which is required."
SportMoray (Presented on 28th November 2012)
"David has officiated for the Scottish Rugby Union since 1976 and he referees National and Local League matches all over the Caledonia society.
David referees every Saturday for senior fixtures in the aforementioned leagues but in addition, he officiates midweek and any Sunday, supporting the local clubs and schools at the drop of a hat.
After 35 years of valuable service to the game of rugby union, David certainly deserves recognition for all he has done for the game in the area."
ClubSport Stirling (Presented on 22nd November 2012)
"Raymond Bond has spent 59 years with Stirling County Cricket Club as a Player, Coach and an active member of the Management Committee spending 15 years developing cricket in over 20 Stirling Primary Schools. He has several coached several players to international level including Willie Morton (Scotland & Warwickshire), Bruce Russell (Scottish Cricket Captain) plus 15 Junior Internationalists and was awarded Scotland’s Cricket Coach for the Year 1994
Raymond has also spent 30 years developing Table Tennis in Stirling Primary Schools and Table Tennis Clubs coaching Sarah Hurry (Scottish Women Champion), Lynne Johnston (Scotland International), Calum Reid (Racketlon World Champion 2010) plus 12 Junior Champions and 18 Junior Internationalists and was awarded Stirling Coach of the Year in 2000. Now in his 82nd year Raymond is still heavily involved in coaching Table Tennis in schools and clubs and his current top pupil, Rory MacRae was a Gold Medallist in this year’s British Transplant Games. Raymond is now helping him to prepare for the World Transplant Games in South Africa next year.
Raymond retired from leading junior Cricket at the club but it has taken 4 members to continue to deliver a robust, fun and active junior session illustrating the time and effort he invested into the club. He is still involved in coaching junior cricketers who play in the Stirling 3rd and 4th elevens."
"Stirling Triathlon Club has turned from a large, enjoyable Triathlon Club, to a fantastic, incredible organisation under the guidance of Graham Coull. Stirling Triathlon Club has over 300 members and growing, running the 3 biggest race events on the Scottish Triathlon Calendar and each year the bar is raised, in terms of content, management and sheer scale, with over 1000 competitors at the events.
Graham also promotes the Stirling Triathlon Club Junior Section, the STC GSB (Youths and juniors) Section and the Adult Age Group Section. The GSB and Age Groupers is the mainstay of feeder channels for Triathlon Scotland representatives and mature athletes representing Britain in competitions on a National and Global basis. In fact there is no area of the club that he does not get involved in or not promote in his own unbelievably enthusiastic style.
Graham has been with Stirling Triathlon Club for more years than he’d care to remember and has been an enthusiastic member, racer, committee member and now President of an ever expanding club. Graham's biggest reward has also become his biggest challenge, where he was chosen along with several other contributing athletes to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, October 2012. A just reward for a dynamo of club member and president."
"Peter Duncan has overseen the rapid expansion of Stirling Knights from one Senior Men's team to having 150 members and 7 teams from Under 12 up to Senior Male and female. He is the driving force behind the club's youth development programmes, which have created more than 100 new basketball players in the Stirling area. His plans continue with the introduction of a new Primary Basketball League for Stirling and Clackmannanshire. Peter also coached the Knights Men to a 5th place finish and Scottish Cup semi-final whilst at the same time running the club and overseeing the coaching and basketball curriculum of all the Knights squads. As club Head Coach, he personally coached the 16 week Under 12 Academy classes giving the new young players the best start.
There simply would be no Stirling Knights Basketball club without the voluntary time Peter spends coaching and running the club. He has given the youth of Stirling the chance to participate in Basketball and play in the National Leagues. He has established a pathway of participation which can lead to International representation (as 3 Under 12s already have). He has built an excellent club, which is only just going into its 3rd season, and has created positive links with Active Stirling and Active Schools."
Sports Council for Glasgow (Presented on 19th November 2012)
"Liz set up and then coached Strathclyde Netball for 38 years. During this time she led the club to many successes including many successive years of Scottish University Championship and BUCS/BUSA Division 1 victories among many others. Liz has shown an outstanding commitment to the club, sculpting it into a club which now has 3 teams in the Glasgow League (1 which has in the last couple of months been used to form a new club, Kelvin, which she also assists) and 2 in the BUCS league.
Outwith the competitive aspects of the club, Liz actively encourages beginners to join, we have seen several players come to the club having never played and after a year of basic coaching and support have been ready to play competitively.
In addition to club coaching Liz has taken on the role as Scottish Universities coach on numerous occasions and has also led these teams to success. The club has also had players representing Scotland in both these squads as well as National squads, many of these down to Liz’s coaching over the years. In recent years Liz has sat on the Glasgow Netball Association (GNA) committee and contributed a lot of her personal time on behalf of the club in a variety of roles, including most recently Sport Council for Glasgow Representative.
Since officially retiring from Strathclyde a few years ago Liz has continued to be committed to the club in a number of areas including attending games with the GNA 3rd team and umpiring many games for us.
Her contribution to sport doesn’t stop at netball, a badminton technical official; she assists at many competitions, including most recently the London 2012 Olympics! Liz is an asset to Glasgow sport and has helped improve and develop a number of clubs and sports and as such we feel this would be a fitting accolade to recognize her contribution and reaffirm our own appreciation of her dedication."
Stewartry Sports Council (Presented on 16th November 2012)
"Phil is currently the President of Kirkcudbright Amateur Swimming Club ("KASC"), a post he has now held for 3 years. In addition, through choice, and indicative of his commitment to KASC, Phil is undertaking the greater part of our coaching duties.
Phil, his wife and his children, first became involved with KASC about 11 years ago and have thereafter all supported KASC in a very dedicated manner. Initially Phil helped on poolside and proved a most reliable stalwart in assisting at galas. Some 5 years ago he obtained, through
the ASA, his Level 1 teaching qualification and thereafter swiftly obtained the full Level 2 qualification.
In many respects, in the last few years, Phil's efforts have sustained the Club, both in the context of teaching and through the very necessary supportive committee related duties he has discharged, and continues to discharge. Phil has become the driving force in organising
competitions, including friendly galas with other clubs, and in arranging dive training sessions.
Phil is also extremely popular with the members of KASC and their parents. His invariably friendly and open manner is ideally suited to the roles he performs.
The support on the part of Phil Stewart to KASC is noteable in one other respect; Phil is a Chief Inspector with the Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary based at Dumfries and all that he has achieved and is achieving for KASC can be viewed against a background of Phil holding a professional and responsible position with the time constraints that entails."
Ettrick & Lauderdale Sports Council (Presented on 9th November 2012)
"During her childhood in the West of Scotland our winner started a lifetime of supporting rugby, watching Glasgow High with her father. Sailing was her chosen participation sport but athletics and rugby her choice of spectator involvement.
On finishing her studies and entering the big bad world of employment she took up her post with Borders education department as a speech therapist back in 1957. It was her office buddy that suggested becoming involved with the Melrose Rugby Club Supporters.
As well as Saturday afternoons at the Greenyards, regular dances at the Waverley were organised and staffed by the supporters. A regular posting on the door, collecting money and tickets was one of this young ladies first official duty as an member of the supporter’s fundraising committee.
Being whisked off the door to dance with one of the rising stars of the first fifteen was her first introduction to the young man who was to become her husband. While David Chisholm was making his mark on the rugby world his wife Vivien was keeping herself busy raising a family and creating a fundraising legacy that has played an important supporting role that has seen Melrose Rugby Club rise to take up a prominent role in Scottish club rugby. It is the only rugby club in the borders that meets all of the communities rugby needs from primary, secondary, semi- junior, ladies and three senior sides. Without the backing of the supporters that would be a struggle.
As well as the usual coffee mornings, jumble sales, dances etc. Vivien and a small dedicated group formed the 100 club - a monthly draw in which half the proceeds were used to make improvements around the club that benefited the members. This quickly grew to become the 200 club then the 300 club and for the past twenty years has enjoyed a 300+ Membership. The latest club refurbishment, the PA system, the heritage centre audio/visual system, the car park resurfacing and many other features around the club have only been made possible by the supporters funding. Over fifty years of active involvement with Melrose RFC fundraising would be enough to deserve this award but Vivien’s support does not stop there. Some 37 years ago with her family in secondary education Vivien attended a parent/teacher’s meeting in which the need for a secondary school representative on the regional sports council was needed and Vivien’s arm was twisted and another chapter in her voluntary service started sitting on the Local Sports Council.
Regionalisation saw the formation of the four district sports councils and Vivien continued her involvement. From representing the secondary school interest Vivien moved on to look after the interest of Disabled sport. While other sports have struggled to have their voice heard and interests represented Vivien has ensured that the individuals and groups she covers has their interests covered. As a member of the Ettrick and Lauderdale Sports Council Executive she has regularly been in the position of delivering the profile of one of the awards winners but it is pleasure that this year Vivien Chisholm is on the receiving end."
South Kintyre Sports Council (Presented on 3rd November 2012)
"David has been a massive driving force behind two main sport related achievements for South Kintyre and has made invaluable contributions to many other sporting events & groups over the years.
He has continually lobbied and raised awareness of the need in Campbeltown firstly for a sport designated mini-bus and more recently (well on-going for about 10 years) for the magnificent All Weather Pitch.
He has continued to go above and beyond his role and show dedication to sport, recently becoming involved with the re-structuring & coaching of youth football in the area."