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Borders Sport and Leisure Launches 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards

Sponsored by GB Technologies and supported by the ClubSport Borders Network, the Awards are now in their third year and recognise the wealth of sporting and coaching talent that exists across the region from individual and team performances to coaching abilities, sporting events and services to sport.

This year’s scheme features a total of twelve awards including an inductee into the Borders Sporting Hall of Fame and three Awards which will be decided by a public vote.

The categories for 2015 are Hall of Fame, Junior Sports Personality, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, Event of the Year, Service to Sport, World-class Achievement, Disability Sports Award, Positive Coaching Scotland plus the three awards which will be determined by public vote: Sports Personality of the Year, Team of the Year and Inspirational Performance of the Year.

Ewan Jackson Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “We are proud of the achievements in sport in our region and this Awards scheme plays an important role in recognising and rewarding the amazing wealth of sporting talent we have. It is a true Celebration of Sport in all its guises and this year’s winners will join a growing roll of honour which showcases the diversity and exceptional ability of our sportsmen and women, clubs, coaches, volunteers and supporters. We are inviting members of the public to become involved with these Awards both by voting to decide the winners in three categories and also through the opportunity to buy tickets to attend the actual Awards ceremony event which is sure to be a fabulous evening.”

Last year’s Celebration of Sport Awards Ceremony was attended by over 200 guests and the Award winners included those chosen by the public : Sports Personality of The Year - Stuart Easton, Team of The Year -Melrose Bowling Club and Inspirational Performance of the Year -Greig Laidlaw plus a host of other worthy recipients such as Alex Jordan - Coach of the Year, Club of the Year - Peebles Cycling Club, Disability Sports Performance of the Year - Patrick Wilson, Emily Newlands - Junior Sports Personality of the Year, Scott Brash for World Class Achievement, a posthumous Lifetime Service Award to photographer Alastair Watson and the induction of Ivan Laing into the Hall of Fame.

This year voting in the three public categories will take place through in-paper coupons and also on the Borders Sport and Leisure Facebook page. More details on the nominees for each of these Awards  (chosen by the judging panel) will be unveiled soon.

The 2015 Awards are being sponsored by GB Technologies (formerly GB Telecom) which has recently re-branded and remains dedicated to providing unrivalled voice and data solutions across the region.

Gordon Brown from GB Technologies said: “We are proud to continue our sponsorship of these Awards which recognise excellence and reward those who strive to meet their goals. There are many parallels between sport and business and as a company committed to growing and succeeding in the Borders we are honoured to be able to play a part in showing our appreciation of our region’s sporting heroes.”

ClubSport Borders, the organisation  that represents and supports local member clubs, organisations and individuals to help everyone in the region to achieve their sporting goals,  is also lending its backing the Awards.

Rick Kenny from ClubSport Borders added: “ClubSport Borders is the umbrella group established to co-ordinate the work of the four local ClubSport groups that seek to improve standards in Borders sport by encouraging and supporting development across all sectors. Rick Kenney, the Chair of ClubSport Borders  said, “We are delighted to support the 2015 Celebration of Sport  as it showcases the best people and clubs from the Borders who have been judged to have shown excellence, commitment and dedication to improving their performances over the years and in particular, this current year of the Awards. The Awards ensure that all aspects of Borders sport are celebrated, including athletes; coaches; clubs; teams and volunteers and we are proud to be involved with this excellent event”.

For the first time the Awards ceremony will be held at Peebles Hydro Hotel, which was recently acquired by Crieff Hyrdo.

Patrick Diack, General Manager of Peebles Hyrdo said: "We're absolutely delighted to be hosting the Celebration of Sports Awards, an event which not only recognises and celebrates the achievement of individuals, teams and organisations in the Borders area, but places our region firmly on the map for producing some of the UK's most talented athletes.  Peebles Hydro plans to engage individuals, businesses, communities and organisations fully in our exciting development plans over the coming months and we look forward to forging a future partnership with Borders Sport and Leisure to support their aims in encouraging and inspiring future generations of Borders athletes.”

Over the coming weeks details of the nominees in each of the three public vote categories will be revealed alongside information on how to cast votes and help to decided this year’s winner.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure concluded: “ We feel the Celebration of Sport Awards are very special and I hope that residents across the Scottish Borders will chose to continue support this initiative and cast their votes for their favourite nominees.”

More information on the Celebration of Sport Awards and details on how to book tickets for the ceremony can be obtained by calling
Borders Sport and Leisure on 01896661166 or emailing enquiries@bslt.org.uk.