Moray’s annual sporting awards are handed out

Annual sportMoray awards handed out this week

ELGIN TOWN HALL was the venue this week for the 16th sportMoray recognition awards ceremony with a total of 14 awards handed presented.

The well attended event saw almost 200 guests witnessing the annual celebration of the most dedicated athletes in the region.

Compere for the evening was the Corporate Director of Education and Social Care at Moray Council, Laurence Findlay, with the event hosted by sportMoray chair Ann Rossiter.

Sports Personality of the Year went to Mike Alexander, a member of Moray Archery who also picked up the Veteran Sports Athlete award. Mike was a winner this year of a gold medal at the European Masters games.

Mountain Biker Sam Rodda was presented with the Senior Sports Athlete award, while Taekwondo athlete Choe McIntosh was named as the Intermediate Sportswoman for 2015.

Triathlete Cameron Main was intermediate Sportsman and a special achievement award went to Curler Callum Jacklin.

There was a special cheer when the Community Engagement recipient was announced, that going to the National Autistic Society Scotland’s Moray and Nairn branch for their pioneering Surf School led by Kevin Anderson.

Other awards at the event were:

  • SALSC Local Service to Sport – Donald Campbell (Boxing)
  • Junior Sport Athlete – Hannah Weatherly (Kickboxing)
  • Intermediate Team – Keith Grammar U15’s (Football)
  • Senior Team – Moravian Orienteering Club (Orienteering)
  • Coach – Allan Duncan (Cricket)
  • Club Level – Violet Beattie (Athletics)
  • School Sport Volunteer – Gordon Barron (Badminton)

Three of the Moray winners from 2014 went on to win Regional Awards by sportScotland – Bunty Gardiner from Cullen was crowned Grampian Volunteer of the Year, Campbell Ross from Forres was voted Young Person’s Coach of the Year for Grampian and Steve Murdoch from Elgin was voted Grampian Technical Official of the Year.