There was talent in abundance at Club Sport Ettrick & Lauderdale’s annual award ceremony held in Gala RFC’s Netherdale clubrooms on Friday evening.
And a liberal smattering of hard working, determined and selfless persona to boot.
A true celebration of sport was had as the region celebrated a highly successful year both in the forefront and behind the scenes on the local and national sporting calender.
Vice-chairman Ian Cooper hosted the event and, as well as thanking the many people involved in funding and publicising sport in the area, paid special tribute to the many volunteers who give up their time so that others can benefit.
“I don’t think there is a club, team, society or individual that doesn’t rely on the hours of work that volunteers put in to make it relatively easy for our participating athletes to enjoy their chosen sport,” he said.
“To all those that volunteer their time I would like to say thanks.”
One of those such volunteers, Mary Inglis, was the first to be honoured on the night in recognition of more than 50 years service to Selkirk Rugby Club.
From taking charge of the teas to sorting out the fixtures for three senior teams, Mrs Inglis was a worthy winner of the Service to Local Sport Award, sponsored by the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils, and told The Southern: “My work at the club has given me some immense pleasure over the years, as well as some huge headaches, and it is really nice to be recognised for it all.”
Selkirk came out well at the event with young horseman Sam Coltherd lifting the Junior Sports Personality award following his successful outing with Team GB at an international pony club games event earlier this year. Selkirk Cricket Club development officer Rory Banks picked up Junior Coach of the Year while hockey’s Pippa Bell was named Coach of the Year.
The ever-expanding Gala Boxing Club were honoured for their extraordinary effort in gathering community support to secure a new premises and funding for equipment while Melrose Rugby Sevens squad took the Team of the Year title for their record breaking performance in this year’s Kings of the Sevens tournament.
A new award this year was that of Disability Sports Personality which was won by Galashiels swimming sensation Beth Johnston, while Disability Scotland badminton player Alan Oliver took the overall Sports Personality of the Year prize.
Club Sport Borders chairman Rick Kenney gave the vote of thanks.
More Club Sport Ettrick and Lauderdale stories and pictures on pages 75 & 80.