Kelso's Citizen of the Year Lynn is a good sport

Kelso sport guru Lynn Young says she is “over the moon” to be named the Tweeddale town’s Citizen of the Year, for 2020.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 10:10 am
Lynn Young is presented with her award by Kelso Rotary Club president Ian Ross.
Lynn Young is presented with her award by Kelso Rotary Club president Ian Ross.

The retired PE teacher has thrown herself into community projects, such as organising the 10km race at Floors Castle, coaching hockey and badminton, and holds fitness classes.

Indeed, during lockdown, she went live on social media several times, with a series of skipping challenges.

She has also raised large amounts for charities, and is co-ordinator of the small local fundraising group for the British Heart Foundation, as well as chairing the SportKelso organisation for 10 years.

Lynn caught the eye of the town’s Rotary Club, which chooses someone annually for the award, last year.

However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, it’s only now they have been able to hand over the award to Lynn, with club president Ian Ross presenting her with the inscribed salver on the banks of the Tweed.

Lynn told us: “I am absolutely over the moon … a bit embarrassed too if I am honest, as I have not done much this year in particular and have felt guilty about that.

"However, it is really lovely to have been recognised for all the voluntary work I have done over the past 35 years or so. I do really enjoy it.

"You feel you are doing something more worthwhile and appreciated than your everyday job, sometimes.

“You get to meet, network with and learn from so many people from so many walks of life, too.

"I just can't believe I am old enough to have been volunteering and chairing groups for that long.

“The Rotary is a great group of people who encourage others to do good things.”