ON the same day that it was revealed that the local swimming pools had been saved, Borders Sport and Leisure handed out its annual gongs at a ceremony in Borders College in Galashiels.
Selkirk and Teviotdale were the main centres under threat following the Kit Campbell report.
But the BSLT Board’s vice-chairman, David Ferguson, told the meeting: “The centres will stay open.”
This month BSLT has also taken over Active Schools and the Sports Development Unit with an additional 26 members of staff.
“This is a pretty significant step forward,” said Trust chief executive, Ewan Jackson.
The Trust is meeting with its partners, including Sportsscotland, to discuss the way forward in one of its most crucial years.
The eight centres were closed to allow staff to attend the day-time event, which was also attended by board chairman, Tony Taylor, and member Rory Brett, who handed out the silverware and certificates.
The saving of the pools and the development of Trifitness in Galashiels were, not unexpectedly, the main topics of discussion.
Mr Jackson said that Trifitness had to stand on its own feet and now had more than 800 members at close to the end of its first year in business.
He added: “It was a big leap of faith to open Trifitness in trying times and it has made good progress.”
The Selkirk centre, which opened a new gym last month, was praised for having survived ‘a ropey time’.
Mr Jackson said: “Staff there did us proud and they handled the storm well.” And Galashiels, which was closed for refurbishment, joined Kelso as one of the Most Improved Performance Awards.
Community: The Gytes. Outstanding Customer Service: Teviotdale Leisure Centre. Centre showing staff commitment: The Gytes. Energy Efficiency: Teviotdale Leisure Centre. Swimming Tuition: Eyemouth Leisure Centre.
Special Recognition: Gillian Pringle, Head Office. Flexibility:Margaret Morrison, Head Office. Charity Work: Donna Hamilton, Peebles. Outstanding swimming tuition: Lynne Lauder. Health and Safety: Lisa Crichton, Eyemouth. Dedication: Kelly Richardson, Peebles. Individual contribution:Stephen Weatherly, Eyemouth. Team contribution: The Gytes, Selkirk and Trifitness. Most improved: 1, Galashiels Swimming Pool; 2, Kelso pool.