Midlothian rolled out the red carpet last week for the Annual Sports Awards.
Provost Joe Wallace presented prizes. The winners were:
Senior Sports Personality- Jan Naylor - winner (Swimming). In April 2015, Jan, who competes in Masters swimming, became the first female to complete 200 metres butterfly in a national competition. She won the race. Jan also holds a record in the 200 metres fly and she also broke the long-standing record in the 100 metres butterfly.
Scott Quinn – commended (Swimming)
Junior Sports Personality
Scott Thomson - winner (Judo). Scott’s award was accepted on his behalf by Scott’s coach Davie Reilly. A member of Danderhall Judo Club, Scott has won three of the four last British Championships and he is the present British and Scottish Champion.
Cameron Duff – commended (Karate). His award was accepted on his behalf by his mother, Linda. Cameron’s achievements include winning a gold at the Scottish International Championships in the individual, open weight and team categories.
Fraser Wilson – commended (Swimming). Fraser competes for Midlothian Swimming Club and he is the Scottish Age Group Open Champion in the 50 metre butterfly and the Scottish National AgeGroup Champion in the 50, 100 and 200 metres backstroke.
Senior Team - Midlothian Walking Football Team – winner (Football). Midlothian was one of the first areas to introduce walking football as part of Vivian Wallace’s Ageing Well project. Launched three years ago, now around 50 people participate locally. As the top ranked over 50s team in the country, Midlothian also recently represented Scotland at the Brown’s International Walking Football Cup in Portugal.
Junior Team- Penicuik High School Senior Football – winner (Football). The team won the Lothians Cup last season for the first time in their history. However, the highlight of the season was becoming the first ever Midlothian school to win the Scottish Schools Cup.
Coach of The Year- Amy Sanderson – winner (Rugby). Amy was not able to make the event and her award was accepted on her behalf by friends Joanne and David Stewart. Amy is part of the Modern Apprentice Programme run by Midlothian Council in partnership with Scottish Rugby Union. Thanks to her hard work, the council is now working with 10 additional primary schools to offer rugby this year. The council has grown women’s rugby to a level where there is now a Midlothian squad.
Service To Local Sport- David McQueenie – winner (Football). David first joined Easthouses Lily as a player. He then became captain, then manager and has been a stalwart with the Lily ever since. In recent years, the club has become a major part in the formation of Easthouses Community Football Club, providing a pathway from grassroots to adult football.
Volunteer of The Year - Yvonne Anderson – winner (Disability Swimming). Yvonne, who works with the council’s sport and leisure service, became part of Special Olympics in Midlothian in 1999. The highlight of her career is being selected as Aquatics Head Coach of the GB team competing in the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.
The provost said: “It’s an honour to present these awards to so many inspirational athletes as well as those who coach or volunteer.
“The dedication and commitment you show to your chosen sport is wonderful. You are all a credit to Midlothian.
“Well done to everyone. You are all sporting heroes.”