Fantastic accolade for Forfar coach

Forfar coach Claire Morrison has been named the sportscotland Performance Coach of the Year in recognition of her outstanding contribution at the highest level of her sport.

The 34-year-old, who is the GB Boccia Performance Coach, has been integral to the coaching landscape in Scotland, and was also a key part of the coaching team that helped the Team GB squad to fourth place at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Boccia coach Claire Morrison wins sportscotland Performance Coach of the Year, part of the sportscotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards 2013.'Claire is presented the award by sportscotland�"s Iain Kennedy.  'Also pictured is Claire�"s nominator Jaqueline Lynn (sportscotland), Becky Bisland (SDS), Ruari Davidson (SDS), Lynn Allison (SDS), Heather Lowden (SDS) Matt Hammond (GB Boccia) and members of the GB Boccia team.

Boccia coach Claire Morrison wins sportscotland Performance Coach of the Year, part of the sportscotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards 2013.'Claire is presented the award by sportscotland�"s Iain Kennedy. 'Also pictured is Claire�"s nominator Jaqueline Lynn (sportscotland), Becky Bisland (SDS), Ruari Davidson (SDS), Lynn Allison (SDS), Heather Lowden (SDS) Matt Hammond (GB Boccia) and members of the GB Boccia team.

The sportscotland coaching, officiating and volunteering Awards provide the opportunity to thank coaches, officials, and volunteers for their dedication and recognise their achievements.

Fiona Wernham, head of coaching and volunteering at sportscotland, said: “We are delighted to have awarded Claire with the sportscotland Performance Coach of the Year Award, she is a very deserving recipient.

“It is down to the dedication and commitment of people like Claire that Boccia is continuing to flourish throughout the country.

“The work that Claire puts into providing opportunities for people to become involved in the sport is amazing and we congratulate her on this award.”

On winning the award, Claire said: “I was absolutely delighted to win the sportscotland award, and for it to be the Performance Coach category was especially pleasing.

“The picture of what disability sport looks like since London has really changed, with people realising that it is high level and extremely skilled competition.

“The Boccia players that I coach work extremely hard to hone their skills and this award is as much for them, my family and friends, who are all so supportive.