Sports stars steal the show

NOT ONE but two Forfarians came out on top at the recent Angus Sports Awards.

Greg Drummond of Fothringham Curling Club was crowned Sports Personality of the Year while Neil Valentine was the winner of the Service to Sport award.

Greg is no stranger to high accolates as he has previously been a Scottish Junior runner-up, Mens Champion and World Champion runner-up under Team Brewster. He also represented Great Britain in the Winter Universiade.

As part of a team of four, Greg was instrumental in helping to secure a Scottish Championship title and a runners-up position in the World Championships.

Greg has also won the highly sought after Continental Cup which is contested by North America against the rest of the world.

Now, Greg has set his sights on retaining his Scottish title and going on to win gold at this year’s World Championships.

After that Greg and his team mates are hoping for a Great Britain call-up for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Service to Sport winner Neil Valentine has been with the Forfar Amateur Swimming Club for over 20 years.

In that time he has gained many teaching qualifications alongside technical qualifications as a judge, starter and referee.

One of the highlights of Neil’s career has been his appointment as the President of Scottish Swimming which is the National Governing body of the sport. Alongside his administrative role as president, Neil continues to attend numerous events and devotes time to Midlands District along with the club in Forfar where his love of swimming blossomed. It is this personal dedication to the sport that has seen him reach the highest level.

Both Greg and Neil joined the very best sportsmen and women in Angus at a glittering award ceremony at the Reid Hall in Forfar last week.

Other winners included female golfer Ailsa Summers who was names Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Coach of the Year was awarded to Paul Boath of the Tayside Musketeers Basketball Club while the Tayside Musketeers Cadet Men under 16s won Team of the Year.

Tayside Special Olympics, Ian Bradford, won the Sports Personality of the Year for People with a Disability award following his success at a number of local, regional and national table tennis competitions.

The awards, which are run by Angus Council’s Sports Development team in association with Angus Ahead is a way to honour the commitment, achievements and dedication of the many individuials and teams involved in sport across Angus.

Hosted by Radio Tay the ceremony was also attended by Modern Pentathlete and previous winner of the Sports Personality of the Year, Louise Helyer as guest speaker.