Team spirit to the fore as local outfits vie for public vote

BEST Performance Squad before training at Gala Pool

BEST Performance Squad before training at Gala Pool

WHEN it comes to team spirit the Borders is second to none and the panel of experts who had to whittle down a huge list of worthy candidates for this section of the Celebration of Sport awards certainly had their work cut out for them.

Achievement, teamwork and the promotion of individual team members to a higher level were all taken into consideration and now it is down to you, the Borders public, to vote for who you want to win the Team of the Year Award at the first Borders Sport and Leisure awards night supported by GB Telecom and TheSouthern.

The Borders Elite Swim Team, Peebles Netball and Gala Rugby Football Club certainly ticked all the boxes and now it’s down to you to select who you think is the most worthy recipient.

TheSouthern can reveal that more than 3,000 votes have been cast with some of the categories being very tight indeed. Voting closes on February 28 so there are only two more weeks to register your choice.

As well as the public voting section of the event, awards will be given out in various other categories, for three of which the panel will determine the final winner. These are:

Event of the Year: Jim Clark Rally; Tour of Britain; Jedburgh Running Festival. Club of the Year: Gala Harriers; Peebles Cycling Club; Peebles Netball Club. Coach of the Year: George Graham (rugby); Peter Gardiner (judo); Alex Jordan (swimming).

Additional awards include: Junior Sports Personality of the Year, Scottish Borders Disability Sport Group Performance of the Year, Inductee to the Scottish Borders Hall of Fame and Unsung Hero Award.

The winners of all of the categories will be revealed at a special evening ceremony at the MacDonald Cardrona Hotel on Friday, March 1.

The event will be hosted by BBC TV presenter and sports journalist Alison Walker. Alison is a sports journalist and television presenter. She had an eight year stint presenting the sports news on TV’s Reporting Scotland.

Tickets £30 each: contact Borders Sport and Leisure on 01896 756274. The ticket includes drinks on arrival, a sumptuous dinner and the awards ceremony.




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