Sport stars honoured at Awards

All the winners
All the winners

Club Sport Ettrick & Lauderdale celebrated a year of achievement at their annual awards ceremony held in Gala RFC clubrooms on Friday night.

Selkirk hockey star Sarah Robertson was named Sports Personality of the Year and despite having 67 Scottish National senior caps, nine Scottish senior indoor caps and being selected to the GB squad the 22-year-old said receiving the title was one of her greatest honours yet.

“When I’m down in London training with the GB squad I’m still very much a wee fish in a big pond so it’s lovely to come back home and receive an award like this.

“Every time I am home and see the kids playing it makes me feel proud to have the opportunity to inspire the future.”

Sarah was a valuable member of the Scottish team in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games and as a result was selected in to the GB programme collecting her first cap, of four so far, on the 10th February this year. She is currently battling for a place in the Olympic GB hockey team for Rio 2016.

Robertson was the last winner to be revealed on what was a star studded and entertaining evening.

Following chairman Ian Cooper’s opening comments, during which he spoke of his pride of the seemingly never ending stream of sporting talent to come out of the Ettrick and Lauderdale catchment area, stars of the present and future were duly honoured.

Selkirk tennis ace Josh Thomson was named Junior Coach of the Year, Galashiels swimmer Beth Johnston took the disability sport award and Gala Harrier Thomas Otton was Junior Sports Personality of the Year for his achievements in hill running.

Graeme McIver collected the Club of the Year Award on behalf of Gala Fairydean Rovers who were deemed to have made a significant difference in the local community whilst developing and growing the infrastructure of their club.

Selkirk RFC took the Team of the Year title following their amazing unbeaten run to gain promotion to the Premiership last season while former Gala International Gregor Townsend won the Coach of the Year title for leading Glasgow Warriors to success in the Pro12.

The Service to Local Sport award went to Stow FC’s Thomas (Tucker McCall) who’s dedication and hard work within the Borders amateur football circle over the years was described as “unparalleled.”