Talented Athlete Awards success

East Ayrshire’s most talented athletes, sports clubs and volunteers were celebrated at the annual East Ayrshire Sports Council and Talented Athlete Awards Evening.

A new record was set this year with 77 athletes being supported through the Talented Athlete Support Programme. The athletes, who are receiving Developing Potential and Podium Potential support, are either National or International Champions or represent their country in their chosen sport.

The number of local athletes performing at the top of their sport continues to increase as a result of East Ayrshire’s successful legacy programme and the hard work of local athletes and clubs.

The East Ayrshire Sports Council Awards also recognise the achievements of local athletes, club coaches and their volunteers, who help to raise the profile of sport in East Ayrshire.

And the winners were:

• Disabled Sports Person of the Year – Daniel Scott, Kilmarnock Jets
• Jim Higgins Youth Sport Personality of the Year – May Stirling, Kilmarnock Amateur Weight Lifting Club
• Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils Service to Sport – Joan O’Sullivan, Kilmarnock Jets
• Individual Performance of the Year – Hazel Bracken, Phoenix TaeKwonDo
• Team Performance of the Year – Auchinleck Indoor Bowling Club Ladies Team
• Club of the Year – Hurlford Badminton Club
• Inspiring Females in Sport Award – Joint winners Gemma Thomson and Tracy Wilson – Ayrshire Acro

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council was joined at the celebration event by Councillors Elena Whitham, John Knapp and Ian Grant. He said: “This event is a celebration of our successful legacy programme which has seen investment in sport in East Ayrshire. Each year the numbers of talented athletes continues to grow which shows that investing in sport reaps rewards.

“In 2018 Claire Johnston will be representing Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and we are very hopeful that Murray Collins, who is from Fenwick, will be selected in Field Hockey.

“Our athletes continue to grow and achieve great success on the national and international stage. Their success is to be admired and celebrated.”

David Carey, Chair of EAST Ayrshire Sports Council, said: “This was another fantastic and inspiring evening. For a small authority we really do have some amazing talented athletes, clubs and volunteers who all ensure that sport in East Ayrshire is thriving.”

For more information about the Talented Athlete Support Programme or the East Ayrshire Sports Council please contact Adam Strain at adam.strain@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

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