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Sporting celebration moves East for 2017 extravaganza

Borders sporting success was at a premium last year with outstanding performances stretching from the 31st Olympiad in Rio right down to achievements of the highest order at local level.

Next month these phenomenal feats will be recognised when local charity Live Borders host the fifth annual Celebration of Sport Awards at Springwood Hall, Kelso.

The Awards are once again being supported by main sponsors GB Technologies who’s continual backing has ensured that the event has went from strength to strength since its inception in 2013.

Gordon Brown, founder and Managing Director of the Galashiels-based company, said: “We are proud to continue our sponsorship of these Awards which recognise excellence and rewards 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 talent.”

The Awards 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. 

Having been held in the west of the region since its inception the Awards ceremony and gala dinner is this year heading east and will take place on Friday, March 3 at the Tweedside venue.

The event itself will feature 11 categories including Sports Personality of the Year and the induction of two of the region’s sporting greats into the Borders Sporting Hall of Fame. The Borders public also have a chance to get involved as two of the Awards will be decided by a public vote.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive Live Borders commented: “For the past four years these awards have enjoyed amazing support from the Borders public who have voted by the thousand for the sports people they would most like to see rewarded.

“The awards also play an important role in inspiring up-and-coming athletes and coaches, and in enhancing the reputation of the Borders as a centre for sporting excellence.”

This year voting in the two public categories will take place through voting coupons in the local press and on the Live Borders Facebook page. More details on the nominees for these Awards will be revealed within the news area of the website in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Celebration of Sport 2017 are priced at £42.50 and include a three-course meal and drinks reception on arrival. Attendees will also be part of a great evening that celebrates Borders sporting success and achievement. To book, please contact the booking line on 01896 661150.

Categories and sponsors

Sports Personality of the Year (public vote) – GB Technologies

Junior Sports Personality – Fiona Scott Journalist & PR Services

Coach of the Year – Primitive Media

Junior Coach of the Year

Team of the Year (public vote) – Border Embroideries

Club of the Year – Fantasy Prints

Event of the Year – Origin

Disability Sports Personality – Powertec

Inspirational Performance – Astral Hygiene

Service to Sport

Hall of Fame – Endsleigh