Mar 23 2012 by Andrew Welsh, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
Perthshire’s sports awards nominees named
THERE’S an all female shortlist for the PA sponsored Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Contenders for the eagerly awaited Perth and Kinross Sports Awards 2011 at the Salutation Hotel next Thursday were unveiled yesterday.
Last year, Olympic canoeist Fiona Pennie, from Crieff, edged out Kinross Commonwealth Games silver medal star Eilidh Child to the annual accolade.
And the three contenders for the latest award are Strathtay Harrier Louise Brett, Milnathort athlete Laura Muir and Blair Atholl curler Eve Muirhead. Louise is also a contender for Disability Sport Personality of the Year.
Nominations from the public were received for 11 award categories reflecting local successes on the domestic and international stage during 2011.
These are: Team of the Year, School Team of the Year, Club of the Year, Innovation Award, George Mortimer Lifetime Achievement Award, Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Disability Endeavour Award, Disability Sports Person of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year.
The Perth and Kinross Sports Council has teamed-up with the Perth and Kinross Sports Development Team to present the awards to the best of local talent.
Elaine Oliver, vice chair of Perth and Kinross Sports Council, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the high calibre of nominations we received and it made the panel’s extremely decisions difficult.”
Businesses and individuals backing the awards night are: Perth and Kinross Sports Council, Perth and Kinross Sports Development Team, A Wilson, Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre, Legends Promotional Products, Strathmore Hotels, Sidey, ICFS, Perth and Kinross Disability Sport, Lorna Davis Florist, Sport Tayside and Fife, Live Active Leisure, Perth and Kinross Council’s Education and Childrens Services, Binn Skips, Perthshire Advertiser, Smith and Sons Coaches, Perth Trophy Shop and Provost John Hulbert.
The list of awards and contenders is:
PA SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Louise Brett, Laura Muir and Eve Muirhead
COACH OF THE YEAR (Sport Tayside and Fife): Fiona Cameron, Russell Kesson and Ian Leitch
SCHOOL TEAM (Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre): Oakbank Gymnastics Primary School Team, the Portmoak Primary School Cricket Team and the Strathallan Ski Team
CLUB OF THE YEAR (Iain Cain Fire and Securities ): Auchterarder Golf Club, Pitfour Football Club and the Strathallan Canoe Club
GEORGE MORTIMER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT (Perth and Kinross Sports Council): Helen Davidson, Jim Hunter and Denise Jackson
DISABILITY ENDEAVOUR (Perth and Kinrosjs Disability Sport): Hamish McInally, Caydn Pettie and Susie Taylor
JUNIOR SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (Alison Wilson): boys - Thomas Cameron, Stephen Milne and Rory Skinner; girls - Niamh Guest, Charlie Guest and Camilla Hattersley
VOLUNTEER (Perth Trophy Shop): Kerry Ferguson, Jim Hunter and Lynn Melville
DISABILITY SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (Live Active Leisure): Louise Brett, Reagan Doig and Finlay Skeet
INNOVATION (Smith and Sons): Breadalbane Canoe Club and Kinross Cycling Club
TEAM OF THE YEAR (Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre): Perth and District netball U17, Perth Ladies County Golf Team and the Strathearn Pony Club