Wheels set in motion for 2015 sport celebration

Plans are already afoot to make the 2015 Borders Sport & Leisure Celebration of Sport Awards an event to inspire the whole of the region.

The judging panel for the Awards, comprising representatives of Borders Sport and Leisure (John McBay, David Ferguson and Henry Gray), ClubSport Borders Network (Norman Anderson) and local media (Stuart McFarlane and Fiona Scott), met this week to decide on the awards categories, kick-off the shortlisting process and discuss timings for next year’s event.

Launched in 2013, the event recognises leading sports people, coaches, events and teams from across the Borders. The 2015 Awards will be held on February 27 at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, and will feature 12 categories with three being decided by a public vote.

Last year’s event proved a great success with 175 guests attending the awards ceremony where Hawick motor cycle ace Stuart Easton scooped the Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Local sports historian Henry Gray told The Southern: “I am proud to be associated with the awards and the highly-regarded judging panel. There is a vast knowledge of local, national and international sport around the table.”

GB Telecom are continuing their sponsorship of the event and managing director Gordon Brown added: “This is GB Telecom’s third year of supporting the awards and we are proud to be associated with this event.

“These awards are synonymous with commitment and excellence, qualities that we aim to demonstrate as a company, and I am looking forward to seeing which organisations and individuals will shine in the coming months and earn a place on the 2015 shortlist.”

David Ferguson, chairman of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “The Celebration of Sport plays a key role in helping to encourage, support and inspire sports people of all ages across the Borders. I am honoured to be on the panel.

“It is almost impossible trying to separate the many high-achievers we have in the region, but I feel that recognising achievement is an important part of inspiring current and future generations to believe that Borders athletes can reach the very top.”

Categories for 2015: Coach of the Year, Club of the Year; Event of the Year; Sports Personality of the Year; Junior Sports Personality of the Year; Team of the Year; Inspirational Performance of the Year; Service to Sport; Positive Coaching Scotland Award; Disability Sport Award; Scottish Borders Sporting Hall of Fame Induction; World Achievement Award.