RUGBY ran out a big winner at last Friday’s Ettrick and Lauderdale Sports Council awards ceremony.
Stand-off Scott Wight, who now plies his trade for Glasgow, won the Sports Personality of the Year award. And after picking up his salver, he credited his former club Melrose RFC, who picked up the prize for Team of the Year.
He told TheSouthern: “I wouldn’t have won this if it hadn’t been for everyone else who has played on a Saturday, so credit to them as well.”
Wight and the Melrose men earned their awards following a dream season which saw them lift the Scottish Championship, Border League and Kings of the Sevens titles.
“Last year was fantastic,” he added. It was great to win at national level, but it’s great to be recognised here in the Borders as well.”
A variety of other sports took the remaining awards with Aussie swimming guru Alex Jordan scooping Coach of the Year. Originating from Brisbane, Jordan has been the Borders Performance Coach for just over three years.
Selkirk hockey heroine Sarah Robertson collected the Junior Sports Personality award, while Earlston’s Katie Addison, one of the founders of the Galashiels-based Academy Tennis, was named Junior Coach of the Year.
Also honoured on Friday was Margaret Wilson, who retired from her administrative duties with the Scottish Women’s Bowling Association earlier this year, marking the end of a period of service to sport spanning more than 45 years. It was an emotional surprise for Wilson, who was lady champion, president and secretary of Gala Waverley, as well as president of the Ladies’ Border Bowling League. She was awarded the Scottish Association of Local Sports Council’s award for her contribution to the sport.
Guest speaker for the evening was British Touring Car Champion 1989/95 John Cleland, who told of his experiences driving both at home and abroad at the highest level.
He also spoke of the importance of local sports councils, who help athletes ply their trade all over the world at various levels.