Angus woman is a sporting champion

Kirsty Cameron won the community award in The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year 2016 Awards
Kirsty Cameron won the community award in The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year 2016 Awards

An inspirational Angus woman says winning an award in a sportswomen of the year ceremony was the best day of her life.

Kirsty Cameron, who is from Kirriemuir and has been living in Forfar for five years, says she is “genuinely shocked” that she won the community award in The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year 2016 Awards on December 8.

Kirsty created the Ladies’ Leisurely Cycles Facebook group in 2014 with her friend Rhona Guild, also from Kirriemuir, to encourage women from the Angus area to get out on their bikes.

The group has gone from 20 to now more than 230 members in two years.

Kirsty was one of four women nominated for the accolade and was the only Scottish nominee in the community section, which was one of eight categories for the awards.

She said: “It feels absolutely amazing.

Kirsty Cameron, Laura Kenny and Rhona Guild

Kirsty Cameron, Laura Kenny and Rhona Guild

“I just had the best day of my life.

“It was fantastic.

“I was shocked that I was nominated let alone that I won it.

“Thank you to everybody. I couldn’t have done without everybody voting for me.”

Kirsty Cameron and Jessica Ennis-Hill

Kirsty Cameron and Jessica Ennis-Hill

She was put forward for the award by Join In - an organisation that connects volunteers in the UK with local sports clubs who need their help - and with whom she has volunteered.

Kirsty and Rhona met famous sportswomen Judy Murray, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Dame Sarah Storey and Laura Kenny - who was named the 2016 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year - at the awards.

Kirsty said her highlight was Judy Murray Tweeting her congratulations.

She has been a gymnastics coach for about 12 years and mentors around 120 youngsters at a club at Webster’s Sport Centre.

Rhona Guild, Judy Murray and Kirsty Cameron

Rhona Guild, Judy Murray and Kirsty Cameron

She is a committee member at the Kirrie Thistle Community Sports Club and runs under-11s girls’ football team Kirrie Thistle Youth FC.

Kirsty said: “I want something good to come out of it.

“I would like to get young people into coaching and volunteering.

“There are not many sports coaches in the area.

“At the moment it’s hard for me to find cover.”

Kirsty added she hopes to visit local schools to inspire pupils to take up coaching and volunteering.

Kirsty Cameron's trophy

Kirsty Cameron's trophy