Sports awards winners announced

Yhana Van Wees pictured last year receiving her MVP award.
Yhana Van Wees pictured last year receiving her MVP award.

The Tayside Musketeers Basketball Club were the big winners at the Angus Sports Awards ceremony last night with Arbroath High School pupil Yhana Van Wees winning the top prize.

Yhana was named the Angus Sports Personality of the Year at the event in the Reid Hall, Forfar, after being crowed the most valued player in the Senior Women’s Scottish Cup, even though she is still a junior player.

She has also represented Scotland at under-18 level in the European Championships and has already been selected for the Scottish senior women’s team and a trial with the Great Britain under-20s.

In addition, Laura Hare of the club was named Coach of the Year, after being appointed assistant coach for the Scottish under-18’s national Women’s squad in 2013 and coaching the team at the European B Championships in Hungary.

She also coached four separate teams from Arbroath High School and of the four teams, three reached finals and two teams, the senior girls and under-14 girls became Scottish Schools Cup Champions.

And the service to sport award went to John Grant, who has been committed to the development of basketball in Angus for over 20 years.

In 1993, he founded and was head coach of Arbroath Musketeers Basketball Club now re-named Tayside Musketeers due to the growth and development of the club under John’s stewardship.

John has been pivotal in ensuring the sustainability of the club through effective and successful recruitment of coaches, officials and administrators. During his tenure as head coach, the club won Scottish Cup and national league titles with many of his players progressing to Scottish national teams.

Other winners included Kerry Duncan of Tayside Special Olympics who collected the Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability

Kerry competed in badminton at the Special Olympics national games in Bath as part of the Tayside team, winning silver in the singles and fourth place in the doubles. 

Young Sports Personality of the Year went to Sarah McKenzie of Dundee Gymnastics Club who achieved great success in 2013 by winning individual gold at the Greater Manchester Open Championships and team gold in the Gordon Foster Team competition.

Tayside Special Olympics team of 2013 were Team of the Year winners after the team had a fantastic year in 2013, capped with their involvement in the National Special Olympics in Bath. The team including 70 Angus athletes competed in a wide range of sports including swimming, athletics, football, boccia, table tennis, badminton, ten pin bowling and golf.

School Sport Volunteer of the Year went to Joe McCall of Carnoustie High School who has volunteered many hours every week to coach the School’s Fencing Club. Joe and the club have been hugely successful in 2013, achieving gold and bronze medals at the Scottish secondary schools competition and having two girls’ teams competing in the epee event.

In a new category for this year’s awards, Club Volunteer of the Year Awards, went to Bob Cassidy of Tayside Special Olympics.

Bob proudly led the Tayside Boccia team to great success and his was just after he and the athletes experienced a particularly difficult time and had it not been for Bob many of the athletes would have withdrawn from the games.

The ceremony was hosted by Radio Tay and with the assistance of funding through Celebrate it Scotland.

The awards took on a Commonwealth Games theme which included a themed menu for the evening’s dinner and also entertainment from African Drumming band Afrodissiac, piping from local Celtic rock band Gleadhraich, piper Craig Weir and dancing from students of the Delma Wilson School of Highland Dancing.