Nominations sought for 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards

Sports Personality of the Year (public vote): Stuart Easton (motor bike racing) at the Celebration of Sport Awards at Cadrona Hotel.
Sports Personality of the Year (public vote): Stuart Easton (motor bike racing) at the Celebration of Sport Awards at Cadrona Hotel.

Borders Sport and Leisure has launched the 2015 Celebration of Sport Awards which will take place at Peebles Hyrdo Hotel on Friday February 27th.

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.”

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.

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 said: “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.

“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.

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.