ANGUSalive Sports Awards Winners 2019
The ANGUSalive Sports Awards were held on Friday 13 March 2020 at the Reid Hall, Forfar. The awards aim to highlight and celebrate the achievements and success of individuals, teams and clubs across Angus throughout 2019.
ANGUSalive announced the winners for the nine award categories as follows:
The award of the night: Lamborghini Squadra Corse Motor racing driver Sandy Mitchell took home Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by ANGUSalive.
19-year-old Sandy had his biggest win of his motorsport career with victory in the Silver Cup category in the 24 Hours of Spa, which is one of the most gruelling endurance motor races in the world at the Belgian Formula One circuit of Spa Francorchamps. This was the only second time he had raced in this event. 2019 saw Sandy make his racing debut in the US the top-flight team Wayne Taylor Racing in the Lamborghini North America Super Trofeo Championship. His performances in the series included Double Race Win at Road America; New Lap Records at Road America and Virginia International Raceway and four pole positions. Sandy ended his racing season in 2019 with a win at the Lamborghini World Finals at Jerez Circuit in Spain. He finished the campaign as Pro Class vice-champion.
The two highly commended nominees were Sophie Smith (Swimming) and Chris Bonnar (Hockey).
Young Sports Personality of the Year, for the second successive year was Ben Hudson (Tennis), sponsored by Legend Management Services.
Ben has had another fantastic year in 2019 where he currently sits as GB No 1 for his age group of 14 an Under, GB No 24 in 16 & Under and Scottish No 1 at 14 and Under. Ben represented GB against Italy and won all of his matches. Closer to home Ben won both the U18 and U16 Scottish Junior indoor singles titles. His success saw him selected for his first ever GB National Camp in London. Ben also attended a tennis leaders course and coaches the younger members of his club who look up to him for inspiration.
Our Highly commended athletes were: Inca Maguire (Curling), James Craik, (Curling), Rory Gifford (Dinghy sailing).
Sports Personality of the Year for People with a Disability, sponsored by Angus Disability Sport in partnership with Special Olympics Tayside was won by Special Olympics athlete Ciara Roulston (Para - Triathlon).
Ciara competed in the Para Triathlon S5 event in August 2019, where she took the title of British Super Sprint Champion in her category. Earlier that year she competed in the PTS5 Arctic One Super Sprint. Ciara trains with Triathlon Scotland and travels across the country to train and compete. She also volunteers at the Kirriemuir Running Cluster Club and is a Sport Leader. Training also includes swimming where she is a member of Forfar Amateur Swimming Club and is a member of Forfar Road Runners running club. Ciara has also recently qualified as a triathlon coach.
The two highly commended nominees were Beth Greig (Swimming) and Bill Fairweather (Golf)
For his length of service, hard work and dedication with Forfar Road Runners, Ronald Milne, was presented with the Outstanding Commitment Award, sponsored by D&A College.
Ron was the founder of Forfar Road Runners in 1984. During his time with the club he has held various roles such as president, secretary, race secretary, vice president, coach and race organiser. He is currently the vice president of the club. Ron is heavily involved in organising the various events such as Forfar 10K, Glen Clova Half Marathon, Plum Pudding Plod and Forfar Duathlon. Ron has passed his extensive knowledge on to other members of the club which ensures sustainability. Ron continues to inspire all of the club members with his words of encouragement, advice and guidance.
The two highly commended nominees were Grant Hutchison (Cricket), David McGregor (Jujiitsu)
Strathmore Cricket Club collected Club of the Year, sponsored by Angus Community Sports Hub.
2019 has been a great year for cricket in Forfar, they were presented with a National Cricket Scotland award which recognised the community work undertaken. They won the Grey-Nicolls challenge cup and had an improved performance In the North East Championship. The club were a practice ground for the Womens T20 Global qualifier where they had visiting teams attend the club prior to their games. They had over 50 children attend the All-Stars programme and a very successful extra-curricular programme. The club held family fun events, hosted holiday activity programmes and run a successful weekly community café on a Friday morning.
The two highly commended nominees were Abbey Bowling Club and Brechin Buccanners Cricket Club.
Montrose Girls Under 15’s took home Team of the Year, sponsored by Brechin Beavers Swimming Club & Brechin Community Sports Hub
Montrose Girls Under 15’s had a hugely successful season winning the SWFA Tayside & Fife league. They navigated wins against, Kirriemuir Thistle, Raith Rovers, Lomond Colts and Dundee West to name a few on their way to winning the league. This was the first time the girls had played together with them coming together from Brechin and Montrose during the close season. The team spirit and attitude helped the girls gel and come together as a team and pick up from a slow start to win the league.
The two highly commended nominees were Strathmore Silverbacks U16’s and Arbroath St Thomas ASC.
Our Coach of the Year, sponsored by ANGUSalive, Niamh Donnelly is recognised for her work with Special Olympics Tayside.
Niamh took on the head coach position in 2019 and has been an inspiration for Special Olympics Tayside Athletics Squad and has not only increased participant numbers and volunteer coaches in the club but has had a record number of young athletes participate at the National track and Field Championships from the Angus area. Niamh also coached 8 athletes as part of the Special Olympics GB athletics squad which attended the World Games in Abu Dhabi.
The highly commended nominees were Catriona McLean (Equestrian) and Lorna Whike (Swimming).
Club Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Voluntary Action Angus went to Ewen Matthew
Ewen has been an inspiration for Kirriemuir Golf Club, increasing participant numbers and volunteer coaches. Ewen obtained funding for the volunteers to complete their level 1 coaching qualification. He had met with School staff to ensure that Northmuir and Southmuir pupils were receiving golf coaching, 500 pupils have now received this. He has been inspirational in reinvigorating the junior section of the club where they now have 65 members all enjoying golf lessons and playing on the course. This culminated in a full house for the junior prize giving in 2019.
The two highly commended nominees were Lesley Hadden (Swimming) and Derek Traill (Cricket)
Showing a valued commitment to school sport, Forfar Academy’s Beth Steele won School Sports Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Active Schools.
Beth is a S6 pupil who has made a fantastic contribution to extra curricular netball in Primary and Secondary schools in Forfar. Beth started off playing netball in Primary 6 and has bow progressed to coaching. She takes the lead on the Friday afternoon sessions at Forfar academy where there are over 50 participants. Beth then rushes down to Whitehills Primary to run their after school club where there are 25 P6/7’s. She also leads the Strathmore club for 30 children. Across the Forfar cluster Beth has provided netball opportunities for over 100 pupils. Beth completed her Level 1 Netball coaching and is now on her C umpire course.
The three highly commended nominees were Rebecca Whyte (Running / Football) Caroline Campbell (Rugby), Iain Lockhart (Various Sports), Lorna Valentine (Scottish Country Dancing)
ANGUSalive would like to extend their congratulations to all winners and all of those nominated and wish you a successful 2020 in sport. The charity wishes to also thank all sponsors for their contribution this year.