Roxburgh Sports Awards – the winners

Roxburgh Sports Council Awards.
Roxburgh Sports Council Awards.

Sports Personality of the Year: Douglas Tullie

A MEMBER of the Edinburgh University and Roxburgh Reivers clubs, Douglas, 23, has been orienteering since he could walk.

Roxburgh Sports Council Awards.

Roxburgh Sports Council Awards.

After representing Great Britain at junior level, achieving top-20 results at World and European level, and also at the 2010 World Student Championships where he finished 14th, this has been the year when he has managed to break through into the senior team.

He won the British Long Distance Championships, held near Sheffield in May, his first British title as a senior athlete and definitely the highlight of his career so far. Then, after some other good results, Douglas was selected to represent GB at the World Orienteering Championships in France. He competed in the long distance event and after finishing 10th in his qualification heat, made it through to the final. This was a great achievement at his first championships, and even though he was slightly disappointed with the performance in the final, reaching it has provided him with vital experience which he can take forward to the European and World events in 2012.

Junior Sports Personality of the Year: Kirsty Hill

IN 2010, Kirsty was part of the Scotland Under-18 hockey squad who travelled to Ireland for the home nations, where they narrowly missed out on the gold medal by one goal on goal difference.

Last year she suffered from pleurisy for nine months, when she was in and out of hospital and unable to fully participate in training, but was kept in the squad to travel to Holland for the European A Division Championships.

While there she started in all five games and was named player of the match against the Belgians and Scottish player of the tournament. She also scored her first international goal against the Dutch – the European champions – from a penalty corner where she had recently been moved to number-one striker. This was one of only two goals to be scored against Holland at the tournament and caused great excitement. Kirsty was also seventh top goal scorer of the tournament and is now in the under-21 training squad that will compete in the European Championships in Russia next year.

Team of the Year: Hawick High School girls’ football squad

AN OUTSTANDING run of performances saw the team lift no fewer than four trophies last season.

The first came at no less a venue than Tynecastle, as the girls swept all before them en route to winning the Midnight League National Fives. The Hawick girls then brushed aside all opposition at the Bank of Scotland Borders Festival. Sandwiched between these two victories were two unforgettable trips to Spartans Park for showdowns with Firhill High School. In the Regional Sevens, the game went all the way to sudden-death penalties before Abbie Roberts’s nerveless strike gave Hawick the victory. But there was no such nail-biting finish on May 18 when the Teries became the first Borders school of either gender, in any age group, to win the Scottish Cup.

The Hawick girls put on a masterclass, fighting their way to a 5-2 victory and the single most significant footballing achievement in the history of Borders schools. Laying aside the outstanding success of the team, the girls’ footballing achievements in the last year have been remarkable. Many of the girls were part of the all-conquering Hawick youth teams, winning the cup at Under-13 level and the league and cup double at Under-15. Individually, several of the girls received recognition at regional and international representative level. Carly Noble, Brogan Anderson and Lauren Mackenzie were all part of the championship-winning South-East regional squad, while Carly and Lauren went on to full international honours.

Coach of the Year: Jammy McFarlane

HAVING coached the YM since 2005, Jammy returned from a year off in 2010/2011 for what turned out to be a classic for the former Hawick RFC coach. A record-breaking undefeated run of 22 wins out of 22 gained the Redskins promotion to National League One, not to mention finishing runners-up in a memorable National Shield Final.

So far this season the team have won five from five in National League One and are sitting in top spot – a top four finish is vital for promotion.

Junior Coach of the Year: Lesley-Anne Aitken

LESLEY-ANNE gives up her time to be lead coach at Hawick Amateur Swimming Club, voluntarily, four nights per week, and attends most competitions. She also prepares session plans and mentors other coaches.

She was instrumental in Hawick becoming the first club in the Borders to achieve swiMark. She also became the first licensed teacher in the Borders.

Successes for Hawick ASC swimmers include: The Overall Cup and lots of medals at the first Hawick ASC Graded Meet; The Overall Cup, Overall Relays Cup and lots of medals at the Kelso Invitational Meet; and second place overall in the BRSC Junior and intermediate leagues, with the 10 and under boys winning their section outright.

SALC Service to Local Sport: Kenny White

KENNY joined Hawick Bowling Club in 1978. He has served on the committee of the club for 30 years and has been president twice, in 1988 and 2003. and also president of the Border Bowling League in 1988.

He was on the council of the Border Bowling Association for some 15 years, and served as a selector for the Borders team.

Kenny qualified to be an umpire in 2005 and officiated at many Hamilton Trophy matches over the years, including games, which had many well-known Scottish international players participating.

His encouragement to the youngsters in the bowling fraternity is well known and been much appreciated.

Kenny, along with other members of the Hawick Bowling Club, ran a 24-hour marathon for local charities and raised more than £1,000, and is also a very active member of the Roxburgh Sports Council, serving on the executive committee for some 20 years.

Special Award: Lucy Porteous

SPECIAL Olympian Lucy Porteous from Stichill has done Kelso Orchard Tennis Club, Tennis Borders, Tennis Scotland, UK Tennis and Disablity Sport proud throughout her time on the tennis circuit.

Early in 2011, Lucy was chosen to represent the GB team in tennis at the Special Olympic World Games in Athens. She was only one of two athletes selected from the region.

Lucy, in her TV interviews before and after the games, spoke eloquently and with great confidence, which was a credit to her family, her club and her country. Her performance outshone even that as she returned to the Borders having won a gold medal in the doubles and a silver in the singles.

Special Award: Libby Clegg

LIBBY is already a well known face in the Roxburgh Sports Council area, having won the Junior Personality in 2007.

A talented young visually- impaired runner, Libby got off to a flying start this year with gold over 100m in 12.73 seconds and bronze over 200m in the IPC Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

April saw her head for Antalya in Turkey to participate in the ISBA World Games, picking up silver in the 200m and gold in the short sprint.

In May, she competed in the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, where she was second in the 200m and third in the 100m. The 21-year-old moved on to Germany in July where she won in the German National Paralympic Championships, as well as competing in front of the TV cameras at Crystal Palace.