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Celebration of Sport Awards - Sports Personality of the Year Nominees

There are 3 nominees shortlisted for the 2017 Celebration of Sport - Sport's Personality of the Year Award, sponsored by GB Technologies. The winner of this prestigious award will be selected by a public vote. Why not help us out by entering our Facebook poll or by completing voting slips enclosed in your local newspapers The Southern Reporter or The Border Telegraph

MARK ROBERTSON

Mark Robertson first became a professional rugby player in 2006 and has since had stints with the Border Reivers and Edinburgh Rugby.

A mainstay in the abbreviated national team he is now in his sixth professional year with Scotland 7s. He was part of the squad who made history in winning London 7s, Scotland's first Cup victory on the World Series since it's inauguration. 

Robertson was rewarded for his fine displays in the 2015/16 season, when he received a call-up to GB 7s squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics

The 31-year-old, made a great impact. Seeded fourth in the 12 team draw Team GB battled their way through the pool stages to see off Japan (21-19), New Zealand (21-19) and Kenya (31-7) to finish top in their group.

It took until extra time in their quarter final to make an impact on Argentina, winning 5-0, before an equally gruelling encounter saw them victorious over second seeds South Africa (7-5).

Top seeds Fiji proved too big a challenge in the final however and the Scots were beat into the Silver medal position 43-7.  

Son of 44-times capped Scotland centre/wing, Keith Robertson, Mark has representative honours with Scotland Club International and Scotland A.

LIBBY CLEGG

Libby, 26, has represented both Scotland and Great Britain at international events for well over a decade and the highlight so far came last year when, alongside guide Chris Clarke, she won double Gold in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Competing in the T11 100m final Libby ran the distance under 12 seconds for the first time in her career, clocking 11.91 seconds and breaking the world record in the process.

In the T11 200m, Libby beat the previous Paralympic record when picking up her second Gold medal in a time of 24.51sec — 0.07sec outside her own world record set at the IPC Grand Prix Final in London in July.

Libby has a deteriorating eye condition known as Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy disease giving her only slight peripheral vision in her left eye. She is registered blind and in 2016 she was reclassified as a T11 athlete which requires her to wear a blindfold when racing.

Earlier in the year Libby lost her funding from British Athletics, mainly due to her withdrawal from the 2015 IPC World Championships after just one race due to an ankle injury.

Libby was awarded an MBE in January after being named on the 2017 New Year’s Hounours list.

GRANT FERGUSON

Now aged 23 Grant fell in love with cycling at the age of 7 while joining children’s sessions at Peebles Cycling Club

But it was mountain biking that eventually became his specialty.

In recent years, Grant has emerged as one of the country’s best hopes of medals on the elite international stage after coming fifth, and first British finisher, at his home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and finishing on the podium six times in 2014 and 2015 at the under-23 level of UCI Mountain Bike World Cups, UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and UEC Mountain Bike European Championships.

Riding in the men’s elite category in 2016, Grant won the first round of the British Cross-country Series in Llanellie in April and finished in 17th in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Cairns.

Grant placed second in round three of the British Cross-Country Series in Pickering, 15th place in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Germany in May and, in July became the Great Britain National Mountain Bike XCO Champion.

In August Grant represented Great Britain at the Rio Olympics where he finished in 17th place in the men’s mountain bike event. Grant started in the fifth row on the start line and worked hard to move through the pack as the race got underway.

Fancy joining us?

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To book, please contact the booking line on 01896 661150.