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Roxburgh cluster celebrates ClubSport Awards

Sportsmen and women from the Roxburgh cluster area celebrated the annual ClubSport Awards last Friday night at the Hawick Rugby Club.

Celebrated along with charity Live Borders, Roxburgh was the second of four regional awards ceremony of the season, which see individuals and clubs recognised for their efforts within sport and in keeping the region more physically active.

Bowler Julie Forrest took out the coveted Sports Personality of the Year Award for her achievements throughout 2019.

The award caps a stellar 2019 after being crowned as the World Professional Bowls Ladies Singles Champion for 2019.

She has also been invited to attend this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards Ceremony in Aberdeen in December.

These achievements join a long list of medals and international level competition.

Julie first took up bowling at 16 and has been playing ever since. She has competed in Commonwealth Games, World Cups, World Bowls Championships just to name a few.

Kate Murray was awarded with the Disability Award following her outstanding achievements in archery over close to two decades.

Kate’s introduction to archery began in 2000 with a come and try archery session which Christmas present from a friend. She continued to practice and joined the Great Britain development squad in 2006, going onto the World Championships in Korea where she won her place for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

She went on to compete at the London Paralympic games in 2012 and continues to compete in other high profile events around the world.

The Junior Sports Personality of the Year award went to young cyclist Oscar Onley.

From a start with the Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club, he has gone onto the Scottish Performance Programme and Spokes Racing Team and winning the International Tour of Errigal in Ireland and whilst representing Scotland, he finished second at the British School Games.

This season he set a new Scottish 10 mile time-trial record for his age group. He won the Gorey Three Day in Ireland, finished second at the British National in Wales and moved to racing UCI level races in Europe. The final race of the season was the Chrono Des Nations where he finished fifth and was awarded as the best young rider.

For his work promoting Floorball, Craig Girvan claimed the Coach of the Year Award.

Craig is not only the head coach for Hawick Floorball Club but is solely responsible for building this up and coming sport in the Scottish Borders.

Craig discovered the sport in his youth playing for 20 years and representing Great Britain at World Cup level

Starting in Hawick, in partnership with Live Borders Active Schools, Craig began to make connections with all the primary schools through Hawick by offering taster sessions, introducing inter school competitions and offering after school sessions.  Craig’s long-term goal is to introduce Floorball to every town in the Borders.

Amy Davenport and Blythe Duff from the Jedburgh Grammar School were awarded the Junior Coach of the Year for their efforts in delivering a hockey programme for their school.

The Kelso High School Curling Team took out the Team of the Year Award. After three years of getting to quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final, 2019 was the year that these four dedicated youngsters brought home the gold medal. The team included Angus Bryce, Joanna Sutherland, Kyle McLain and Callum McLain.

For decade of service to their respective sports, Harry Turnbull (Badminton) and Bill Cleghorn (Curling) were awarded with the Scottish Association Local Sports Councils Service (SALSC) Service to Sport Awards.

Special Achievement Awards were also given to Alastair Walker (Athletics), Isobel Mactaggart (Shooting), Troy Jeffrey (Mini Moto) and the Hawick Hawks (Floorball) for outstanding results in 2019.

2019 winners at a glance

Special Achievement Awards – Alastair Walker (Athletics), Isobel Mactaggart (Shooting), Troy Jeffrey (Mini Moto) and the Hawick Hawks (Floorball).

Junior Coach of the Year – Amy Davenport and Blythe Duff (Jedburgh Grammar School Hockey)

Coach of the Year – Craig Girvan (Floorball)

Team of the Year – Kelso High School Curling Team

SALSC Service to Sport – Harry Turnbull (Badminton) and Bill Cleghorn (Curling)

Disability Award – Kate Murray (Archery)

Junior Sports Personality of the Year – Oscar Onley (Cycling)

Sports Personality of the Year – Julie Forrest (Bowls)

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