GALA rugby ace Chris Paterson has secured yet another outstanding accolade, coming out on top in the sports category of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
The Scotland and Edinburgh rugby star, who became the first Scottish male to win 100 caps back in February, was honoured at a ceremony at the Mansfield Traquair venue in the capital.
A consulting panel picked the nominees, including Paterson’s Scotland colleague Al Kellock, with a public vote deciding the winners.
Paterson said: “I’m very much a team player, so it’s quite humbling to be recognised in this way.
“I was really honoured just to receive a nomination and to win the award was something really special.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me, and the organisers of the event for what was a wonderful evening.”
Other winners at the awards included singer Paolo Nutini and film star Martin Compston.
Paterson received the award from Top Scot category winner Mark Beaumont, the record-breaking round-the-world cyclist.