Sporting heroes honoured
As befits the Year of Young People, this year’s Midlothian Sports Awards were dominated by the magnificent achievements of our up and coming sports stars.
Well done Hannah
Still celebrating her win in the inaugural Girls Under 16 Open Championship at Fulford in England earlier this year, golfer Hannah Darling, 15, took the title of Junior Sports Personality at the event held at Newbattle Community Campus on Friday 26 October.
The Broomieknowe player’s success at Fulford adds another championship win to add to the three domestic titles she claimed in 2017. Commended on the night were Ruby Quinn for baton twirling and Ellie Russell for gymnastics.
Scottish Cup winners
Paradykes Primary School Boys’ Football Team was crowned Junior Team of the Year for its success at the Primary Schools’ Scottish Cup.
The team defied the odds at Toryglen, in the shadow of Hampden, on May 30 to win the tournament in emphatic fashion after a 4-1 win over Prestwick outfit Heathfield Primary.
Midlothian’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for sport, Councillor Derek Milligan said: “A huge congratulations to all of our winners. You really are a credit to the county. You are an inspiration to all of us and hopefully many more sporting heroes are coming up through the ranks thanks to your example.”
Congratulations to our Olympians
The Lothian Special Olympics Team went home with the prize of Senior Team of the Year.
Coach of the Year for Kayleigh
Kayleigh Kerr took home Coach of the Year title for her work teaching trampoline. Kayleigh is a senior coach with the City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club and she has been involved in the sport for 25 years.
John did the honours
Newbattle High School’s sportscotland Young Ambassador, John Kelly presented the prizes on the night.
He said: “It is an honour to be taking part.”
Commonwealth Games medallist
The Senior Sports Personality Award went to Bonnyrigg bowler Ronnie Duncan, whose fantastic debut performance at the Commonwealth Games saw him claim two gold medals in the men’s triples and fours. Archer Carol-Anne Seez and ski-cross champion Zoe Winthrop were commended.
Volunteer of the Year
Meanwhile, Hollie Fullerton was named Volunteer of the Year for her work in netball and disability sport while footballer Thomas Yuill was honoured for his Services to Local Sport.
A full list of the winners, those commended, rising stars and those shortlisted are below:
Junior Sports Personality
- Winner: Hannah Darling – golf
- Commendations: Ruby Quinn – baton twirling and Ellie Russell – gymnastics
- Rising star awards: Crawford Greig, Leah Borthwick, Duncan Hand, Katie Stocks, Daniel Givan and Kelly Wynne
Senior Sports Personality
- Winner: Ronnie Duncan – bowling
- Commendations: Carol-Anne Seez – archery and Zoe Winthrop – ski cross
- Shortlisted: Stacey McDougall, Ronnie Duncan, Carol-Anne Seez, Georgia Yuill and Zoe Winthrop
Senior Team Award
- Winner: Lothian Special Olympics Team
- Junior Team Award
- Winner: Paradykes PS
Coach of the Year
- Winner: Kayleigh Kerr – trampoline
- Shortlisted: Thomas Yuill – football
Services to Local Sport
- Winner: Thomas Yuill – football
Volunteer of the Year
- Winner: Hollie Fullerton – netball and disability sport
- Shortlisted: Alan Borthwick and Mark Taylor