Borders Sport and Leisure launch 2016 Celebration of Sport Awards

The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Samantha Kinghorn wins the Sports Personality of the Year award.
The 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards held at Peebles Hydro. Samantha Kinghorn wins the Sports Personality of the Year award.

Borders Sport and Leisure has unveiled details of its plans for this year’s Celebration of Sport Awards.

The Awards, introduced in 2012, recognise the individuals, teams and events that are helping to drive forward sporting excellence and participation across the region.

GB Technologies logo.

GB Technologies logo.

For the fourth year GB Technologies will be the headline sponsor for the scheme with a number of other Borders businesses supporting individual Awards categories.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “We are aiming for this year’s Celebration of Sport Awards to be the best yet.

“For the past three years these Awards have enjoyed amazing support from the Borders public as they 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, coaches and in enhancing the reputation of the Borders a as centre for sporting excellence.”

The categories in this year’s Awards will be: Event of the Year (sponsored by Murray & Burrell), Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by GB Technologies), Team of the Year (sponsored by Borders Embroideries), Inspirational Performance (sponsored by Artisan PR), Disability Sports Award (sponsored by Ostles Tyres), Service to Sport, World Class Achievement and Positive Coaching Scotland.

Representatives from the fields of cycling, rugby, athletics, golf, ice skating , tennis and horse-riding are likely to be amongst this years nominees.

Gordon Brown from GB Technologies said: “Our business is proud to be the main sponsor of the Celebration of Sport Awards for the fourth year and we are all looking forward to discovering who has made it on to this year’s shortlist.”

The list of nominees for this year’s Awards will be announced on February 8 and the public will be invited to cast their votes in three of the eight categories, Sports Personality of the Year, Team of the Year and Inspirational Performance.

The final winners of the 2016 Celebration of Sport Awards will be unveiled at a glittering prize giving ceremony which will take place on March 4 at Peebles Hyrdo Hotel.