Local success in Sports Awards

Well-KNOWN sporting figures from our area were among those honoured at the Angus Sports Awards this week.

The awards ceremony marking the contributions of local people to sport in Angus was held in the Reid Hall, Forfar, on Tuesday.

The Angus Sports Awards are sponsored by the Angus Council sports development team in association with Angus Ahead.

Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability went to Arbroath man Duncan Reid of Tayside Special Olympics.

The award is sponsored by National Oilwell Varco and recognises Duncan’s achievements in 10 pin bowling in the 2012 European Games and other competitions. He is now aiming for a place at the 2015 World Games.

The Angus Ladies’ County Golf Association County Team was awarded the title of Team of the Year, sponsored by McDonalds.

In 2012 they won the Northern Division Jamboree at Monifieth and won the Scottish County Champions.

Basketball coach Ally Vannett from the Monifieth Cluster won the first ever School Sport Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Angus Active Schools.

Ally has been coaching various teams to local, regional and national competitions and has also become a Basketball Scotland tutor, as well as starting tutoring sessions in Angus.

The Service to Sport Award, sponsored by Angus College, went to Winston Webber of Arbroath and District Athletics Club.

Winston is currently chairman and has been with the club for over 20 years and has coached athletes to National Squads and Amateur Athletic Association level.

Monifieth man Ged Curran received an Angus Recognition Award from Angus Council leader Ian Gaul for his work umpiring the men’s hockey final at London 2012.

Carnoustie Olympian Eilish McColgan received an Angus Recognition Award in absentia due to her training commitments.

Vice-convener of neighbourhood services Jeanette Gaul gave the vote of thanks. She said: “It is fantastic for us to be able to host the Angus Sports Awards ceremony as a huge thank you to our local sports volunteers, and to celebrate sporting achievements across the county.

“We would like to thank all those who made nominations for the awards and all the sponsors who helped us stage this successful event.

“We would like to thank Angus Disability Sport, National Oilwell Varco, Angus College, Radio Tay, Cash For Kids, Coaching Angus, Angus Active Schools, Strathmore Mineral Water Company, Auchterhouse Country Sports and McDonalds who all sponsored the Angus Sports Awards ceremony, and Angus College students who provided the catering.”