SELKIRK sharpshooter Darren Brown has been voted the top sports personality in his town, writes Fiona Scott.
Over the last three weeks people living in and around the royal burgh have been getting behind their favourite local sports stars and letting the Southern’s sister paper, the Selkirk Weekend Advertiser, know who they think deserves to win the town’s inaugural 2011 Sports Personality of the Year award. There was an overwhelming response to the campaign, with Darren being run close by several worthy sportsmen and women.
In the end, however, there could only be one victor and the 13-year-old shooting sensation came out tops due to some fantastic testimonies from people who have been reading about and been involved in his progress throughout the past year.
Since breaking his right leg at the age of eight, Darren set his sights on the sport of shooting as he was unable to compete in ball sports.
He has worked hard over the past four years to excel in the discipline of small bore target shooting and gained his first Scotland cap at the age of 12.
This year, Darren has won numerous competitions, including the Selkirk Junior Championship, Selkirk Handicap Cup, Colbury Centenary C Class (youngest competitor), Border Division Two title and Cumbria League. He also shot at Bisley, on the Lord Roberts Range, in the British Police Championships as a guest, and attained three second places in his class – he was the youngest competitor at this predominantly senior event.
David Gow, secretary of Lothian and Borders Police Rifle Club said: “Even forgetting Darren’s youth, which is hard to do, there is no doubt in my mind that he will reach many sporting achievements in the years to come.”
On receiving his trophy, gifted by Turnbull’s Shoe Repairs, Darren said: “The last few years have been amazing and I have met a lot of great people along the way. I would like to thank everyone who helped me and everyone who sent in a nomination for this award.”