Club Sport Tweeddale recognised the abundance of talent within its ranks last night when hosting their annual awards ceremony at Peebles Golf Club.
And, somewhat appropriately considering the International status of its local courses, the sport of mountain biking was very much to the fore.
Guest of honour for the evening was Enduro World Series (EWS) managing director Chris Ball who inspired all present with his short presentation.
But it was 22-year-old endurance rider Katy Winton who stole the show when being named as Club Sport Tweeddale’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2015.
The Manor Valley youngster started her biking career with Peebles Cycling Club at the age of 14 and after trying various disciplines within the sport took up Enduro in 2014 when she funded herself for a season which included travelling and living in a van with no shower or toilet.
At the end of her first season Winton went to ‘Eurobike’, the cycling industry event of the year to seek sponsorship and came away with a deal which allowed her to travel to all of the EWS events competing in the Elite women’s section throughout with regular top 10 results.
“My goal has always been to be a successful professional cyclist and I am getting closer to that all the time but the whole travelling the world bit never really entered by mind so it’s still a bit surreal really,” she said.
“It was a real surprise and a great honour to have been given this award by Club Sport Tweeddale. This area has been the ideal training ground for Enduro riding and is spoken about by riders all over the world, I’m really proud to have it as my home.”
Winton is currently ranked 10th in the world and when she is home delivers a series of inspirational workshops to schools in the Borders and is actively involved in promoting women into Mountain Biking.
Also making use of the Tweeddale landscape to boost his training regime is Moorfoot Runner Jacob Adkin who lifted the Junior Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Two times Scottish Champion Adkin also achieved selection for the GB squad in both the European and World Under-20 Championships last year where his 6th and 8th places respectively contributed to two team bronze medals.
Judo’s Andrew Ketteringham was named as Coach of the Year while the junior coach honours went to Nicola Campbell who dedicates most of her spare time to Peebles Gymnastics Club.
Peebles Amateur Swimming Club Juniors won the Team of the Year Award having achieved wins across to age groups in this year’s Border League.
The Service to Local Sport Award went to Dougie Currie who has spent the last 45 years serving St Ronan’s Bowling Club in various positions while tirelessly raising much needed funds also.
A highly enjoyable evening ended with closing remarks from Club Sport Tweeddale chairman Colin Aitkin who congratulated all the winners on their achievements as well as thanking all in attendance for their continued support.