Dedication was the ultimate winner at Friday night’s Border Sport & Leisure Celebration of Sport awards dinner at Peebles Hydro.

Scottish Borders Sporting Hall of Fame Induction

This was made evident by the many athletes of all ages and abilities in attendance and the wide range of sporting activities which were in line for this years honours.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Pippa Bell wins Coach of the Year presented by David Ferguson.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Pippa Bell wins Coach of the Year presented by David Ferguson.

A total of 13 awards were presented over the 12 categories, with Gordon’s Samantha Kinghorn scooping two out of three public vote sections and Hawick Hawks Floorball Club taking the other.

Wheelchair athlete Kinghorn lifted the Inspirational Performance award and was voted Sports Personality of the Year following her triple gold success at the 2014 IPC European Championships in Swansea.

The 19-year-old was delighted to have taken two of the evening’s top prizes and said: “I was so nervous in Swansea as I had just came off the back of the Commonwealth Games where I had been competing at a longer distance.

“I went along just wanting to win the 400m because that is my favourite distance, but I ended up winning the 800m and 200m also. It was absolutely incredible.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Junior Sport Personality of the Year.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Junior Sport Personality of the Year.

“It’s a great honour to win these two awards tonight and I’d like to say a huge thank you to the people who voted for me.”

The young Hawick Hawks side were equally delighted with their honour. Many of the British Championship Under-16s squad were present at the event and were relieved and elated in equal measure when compere for the evening Stuart McFarlane announced them as 2015 Team of the Year.

Hawks coach Craig Girvan told The Southern: “My heart was absolutely pounding before the announcement, so goodness knows what the boys felt like.

“We had no idea how it was going to go as we were up against some really established teams, and although we have been going a few years, we have slipped under the radar a bit as far as our achievements go.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro.

“I am especially pleased for the lads as they trained so hard last year to do what they did and they thoroughly deserve this award.”

Girvan now hopes his own club’s success will lead to other floorball teams being formed in the Borders, with the possibility of establishing a league.

Hockey was also a massive winner on the night, with Fjordhus Reivers netting the Club of the Year award, received by player/coach Claire Townsend, and Pippa Bell, also from the Tweedbank club, being named Coach of the Year.

“I’m kind of shell-shocked,” admitted Bell.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Event of the Year won by Jedburgh Border Games.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Event of the Year won by Jedburgh Border Games.

“It’s a great honour for Fjordhus Reivers, though, and testament to the amount of work put in by everyone.”

Head coach and one of the club’s founder members, Janet Jack, was not available on the night, but told The Southern: “I am the one who often has the ideas of how we can expand and accommodate more players, but it is the support of others in the club and the numerous parents and volunteers who share my vision that make my dreams come true.

“I am delighted for Pippa who so deserves her award.

“You cannot believe the hours she puts in to help develop the young players, which she does alongside her full-time job.

“We are so very proud and delighted to have been honoured in this way.”

Hawick golfer Tara Mactaggart, 19, landed the Junior Sports Personality award and admitted that beating her sister and her dad had been a catalyst in her return to the sport following a period of apathy and ultimately led to her full Scotland cap last year.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Disability Sports Award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Disability Sports Award.

Among the many highlights of Friday evening’s gathering was the induction of two sporting legends to the Scottish Borders Hall of Fame. Melrose rugby international Doddie Weir, who won 61 caps between 1990 and 2000, and Berwickshire touring car champion turned broadcaster Doug Niven were this year’s entrants.

“To be honoured in the area that you were born, raised and introduced to your sport is something very special indeed,” said Weir.

Scottish Borders Sporting Hall of Fame Induction

Doddie Weir (rugby) and Doug Niven (motorsport)

Junior Sport Personality

Tara Mactaggart (golf)

Coach of the Year

Pippa Bell (hockey)

Club of the Year

Fjordhus Reivers (hockey)

Inspirational Performance *

Samantha Kinghorn (athletics)

Event of the Year

Jedburgh Border Games (athletics)

Disability Sports Award

Alan Oliver (badminton)

Team of the Year*

Hawick Hawks Floorball Club

Service to Sport

David Laing

Positive Coaching Scotland Award

Hawick Youth Football Club

Worldwide Class Achievement Award

Scott Brash (equestrian)

Sports Personality of the Year *

Samantha Kinghorn (athletics)

*denotes public vote

Check our website to see video of the winners of the public vote categories receive their awards

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Hawick Hawks Floorball Club scoop the Team of the Year award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Hawick Hawks Floorball Club scoop the Team of the Year award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. David Laing of the Sports Council wins the Service to Sport award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. David Laing of the Sports Council wins the Service to Sport award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Samantha Kinghorn wins the Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Samantha Kinghorn wins the Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. David Laing of the Sports Council wins the Service to Sport award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. David Laing of the Sports Council wins the Service to Sport award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. L-r, Frankie Scott and David Thomson hold the Positive Coaching Scotland Award.

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. L-r, Frankie Scott and David Thomson hold the Positive Coaching Scotland Award.