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Big turnout for 2015 sportMoray Recognition Awards

Press Release   •   Nov 25, 2015 09:35 GMT

The 16th sportMoray Recognition Awards were held in Elgin Town Hall last night (24th Nov).

Nearly 200 guests attended this annual celebration of Moray’s dedicated athletes, committed volunteers and strong sports clubs and teams.

Hosted by Ann Rossiter, Chair of sportMoray the evening kicked off with the new Sport in Moray film produced by Poppycock Films which highlights the importance of sport for people of all ages and the strength of sport in Moray. see the film here

Three of the Moray winners from 2014 went onto win Regional Awards by sportscotland; Bunty Gardiner from Cullen was crowned Grampian Volunteer of the Year, Campbell Ross from Forres was voted Young Person’s Coach of the Year for Grampian and Steve Murdoch from Elgin was voted Grampian Technical Official of the Year.

Laurence Findlay, Corporate Director of Education and Social Care for Moray Council, was compere for the evening and eloquently took the audience through the 14 award categories.His relaxed and humorous style kept the sponsors and guests encapsulated for the whole evening building the tension for each category before the winners were revealed.The 14 award sponsors included Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils, Dallas Designs, Springfield Properties, The Northern Scot, Gordon and MacPhail, sportMoray, Diageo, Active Schools, NHS Grampian, Elgin Rotary Club, Moray College, Moray Council, Forsyths and Campbell and McConnachie Consultants.

The evening’s raffle raised over £275 which will help sportMoray cover the costs of future events for local sports clubs.Prizes were kindly donated for the evening by Gleaner Oils Ltd, Tesco (Elgin), Forres Golf Club, George McIntyre (Fochabers), William Grant & Sons, Elgin City Football Club and Scotmid Co-operative.

Macleans Bakery in Forres provided platters of sandwiches and sausage rolls which were snapped up by the audience and Lidl in Forres kindly donated juice and water for all the tables.

Winners for each category as follows;

SALSC – Donald Campbell

Junior Sports Athlete – Hannah Weatherly

Veteran Sports Athlete – Mike Alexander

Intermediate Team – Keith Grammar U15 Football Team

Senior Team – Moravian Orienteering Club

Coach – Allan Duncan

Club Level – Violet Beattie

School Sport Volunteer – Gordon Barron

Community Engagement – National Autistic Society Scotland’s Moray and Nairn Volunteer Branch – Surf School

Special Achievement – Callum Jacklin

Intermediate Sportsman – Cameron Main

Intermediate Sportswoman – Chloe McIntosh

Senior Sports Athlete – Sam Rodda

Sports Personality of the Year – Mike Alexander

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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