Roxburgh revels in a fine year of great sporting achievement

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An abundance of sporting talent from the Roxburgh Sports Council area was recognised at the annual Awards ceremony last Friday night.

Buccleuch Bowling Club in Hawick was the venue for the local Sports Council event but, had it not been for the town’s own international rugby star, a Kelso whitewash could have been on the cards.

10/07/13'GLASGOW AIRPORT'All smiles from Stuart Hogg after returning to Glasgow Airport after his tour with the British and Irish Lions.

10/07/13'GLASGOW AIRPORT'All smiles from Stuart Hogg after returning to Glasgow Airport after his tour with the British and Irish Lions.

Local lad Stuart Hogg took top honours on the night when being named as 2013 Sports Personality of the Year.

A player at Hawick Wanderers, PSA and senior clubs Hogg was unable to attend the ceremony due to playing duties with pro side Glasgow but sent word that he was “honoured and very chuffed” to be recognised for his sporting achievements by Roxburgh Sports Council.

“I have been very fortunate in having great support from both the people of Hawick and the Borders sporting community,” he added.

Hogg’s biggest achievement of the past year was being called up to be part of the British and Irish Lions squad touring Australia.

“To be involved in the Lions tour was an amazing experience as I was living the dream. Brian O’Driscoll is my hero so to play alongside him in Australia really helped my game and is something that will live long in the memory,” he said.

Councillor George Turnbull collected the award on Hogg’s behalf.

Swimming scooped two awards with Kelso’s Kirsty Armstrong being named as Junior Sports Personality of the Year and Caroline Brown, Coach of the Year.

Caroline, also from Kelso, has been coaching swimming for the last eight years at Kelso Swimming club and, for the past two has taken on the role of head coach.

Much of Caroline’s work at the club has been to establish standards and put in place a formal structure which has clearly helped Kelso ASC become the most competitive Borders swim club at district level and beyond.

“I have always believed that if the kids I coach can put in the effort then so can I,” said Caroline who frequently gets up at 3.45am to carry out her coaching duties.

Following their much publicised victory at the Scottish Schools Championship earlier this year the Kelso High School curling team were deservedly named as Team of the Year.

Rounding up a great night for the Tweedsiders, was the naming of Kelso rugby stalwart Norman Anderson for his sterling services to local sport.

The evening was well attended by sports persons and local dignitaries alike who were entertained by compere and Roxburgh Sports Council Chairman David Laing throughout.