Nominations sought for Borders Sporting Hall of Fame

SCOTTISH Borders Council (SBC) is seeking nominations for the Scottish Borders Sporting Hall of Fame which honours Borderers whose names are synonymous with sporting excellence.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 12:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 12:34 pm

The Hall of Fame is a virtual hall based on the sportborders website www.sportborders.org.uk and was launched in November 2005.

Last year Colin Deans (rugby), James Greig Reid (football), Douglas Young (boxing) and Andrew Cowan (rallying) were all added to the prestigious list of individuals already in the Hall of Fame.

Among the selection criteria includes the requirement to have been born, lived or educated in the Scottish Borders. They must have reached national or international fame in their sport, or made a contribution to the legacy of their sport either nationally or internationally.

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Nominations are being accepted until Friday, August 6, 2010.

All nominations received will be presented to a selection panel made up of local sporting personalities, sports historians and SBC officers for consideration.

Those selected will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual James McLean Trust Celebration of Sport Dinner in November at the Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso.

Executive member for sport, culture and community education Councillor Graham Garvie is keen for people to nominate their favourite sports personalities.

He said: "We are a huge sporting community here in the Borders and the hall of fame is a great way of honouring fellow Borderers who have been an inspiration to us all and especially to the next generation of future champions by reaching national and international success.

"I would invite members of the public to nominate any individuals whom they think deserve to be honoured in this very special way."

To visit the hall of fame, to view the selection criteria and to download the nomination form, visit www.sportborders.org.uk/hall-of-fame.html.

You can also request a nomination form from the Sports Development Unit (Tel: 01896 756274).