Dedication makes a difference

LRCFC's Billy McAdam receives award from Provost Tom Kerr
LRCFC's Billy McAdam receives award from Provost Tom Kerr

A special ceremony held in Armadale Academy has recognised the individuals and groups who have shown the most dedication to sport in West Lothian.

Over 130 guests from the world of West Lothian sport joined with council staff and elected members for the event which is organised by West Lothian Council’s sport and outdoor education team.

Guest speaker on the night was David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games organising committee.

He delivered an inspirational talk on what drives a person to take on such a challenge and talked about how his role with the international paralympic committee helped him realise he could play a pivotal role in changing attitudes and driving change in the sports industry.

Provost Tom Kerr and leader of the council John McGinty presented the Celebrating Sport awards on the night and Lorna Smith received the Senior Sports Person of the Year award for her work with Linlithgow Bowling Club. Linlithgow Kayak Racing’s Amy Redmond clinched the Young Sports Person of the Year.

John Campbell from the West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club was named Coach of the Year and Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club’s John Adams was awarded the Local Service to Sport award.

Hannah Keenan from West Lothian Handball picked up the William Tevendale Excellence in School Sport Award and Linlithgow schools’ fencing club won the Contribution to School Sport trophy.

In addition, four special recognition awards were presented to Alan Hastie, Lesley Malone, Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club and the West Lothian Special Olympics Team along with the first ever School Sport Gold Awards to four local schools.

Provost Tom Kerr said: “Celebrating Sport was a fantastic chance to recognise all the sports clubs and athletes who make the biggest contribution to sport in our area.

“Congratulations to all the finalists who showed an extremely high level of talent and a dedication to sport across West Lothian that is 
second to none.

“We received a record number of nominations this year and the quality was exceptionally high, so it’s encouraging to see so many individuals and groups working so hard to develop sport in West Lothian.”

Four local schools, including St Joseph’s in Linlithgow, received the first-ever School Sport Gold Awards.

The sportscotland-supported award aimed to recognise and celebrate successful physical education and school sport models, to help schools to increase young people’s opportunities and engagement in physical education and school sport.

Four awards for exceptional contribution to sport in West Lothian were awarded.

Linlithgow-based school PE specialist Lesley Malone received her award for her contribution to school and community sport across West Lothian.

Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club was awarded the Special Recognition for Club Development award for their commitment to football in the community with the final award going to the athletes and volunteers from West Lothian Special Olympics Team for their achievements at the 2013 National Games.

Council Leader John McGinty added: “With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup coming to Scotland soon, there’s never been a better opportunity to honour the dedication of our local athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers as we look to build a lasting sporting legacy in West Lothian.”