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Aberdeenshire Sports Council Awards celebrates sporting excellence across region

L - R
Carla Banks (picking up her brothers awards) - Jason Banks - Adult Male
Bill Meston - Service to Sport and Sports Person of the Year
Frank Gauld - Coach
Rosey Watt - Young Female
Jackie Smith - Chair Aberdeenshire Sports Council
Jim Conn - Founding Chair Aberdeenshire Sports Council who was presented with a special award for over 30 years within sports council in Aberdeenshire
Sheena Sharp - Team
Andy Clegg and Fiona Clegg in red - Active Schools
Orianne Slater - Disability
Kim Beattie - Adult Female
Nick Hale - Mar Orienteering
L - R Carla Banks (picking up her brothers awards) - Jason Banks - Adult Male Bill Meston - Service to Sport and Sports Person of the Year Frank Gauld - Coach Rosey Watt - Young Female Jackie Smith - Chair Aberdeenshire Sports Council Jim Conn - Founding Chair Aberdeenshire Sports Council who was presented with a special award for over 30 years within sports council in Aberdeenshire Sheena Sharp - Team Andy Clegg and Fiona Clegg in red - Active Schools Orianne Slater - Disability Kim Beattie - Adult Female Nick Hale - Mar Orienteering

Sporting stars from across Aberdeenshire were celebrated at a special awards ceremony, highlighting the wealth of athletic prowess throughout the north-east.

The Aberdeenshire Sports Council Awards were held on Friday at the Garioch Sports Centre in Inverurie.

The annual celebration seeks to shine a light on sportsmen and women from across Aberdeenshire, including athletes of all manner of sporting pursuits as well as coaches, teams, and clubs.

The guest speaker this year was former Olympian snowboarder Ben Kilner from Banchory, who was a member of the British 2010 and 2014 Winter Olypmics teams, where he represented Britain in the Men’s Halfpipe.

Among this year’s winners was Rosey Watt, who won the Young Female Under 18 award for her efforts in Highland Dancing.

Orianne Slater won the Disability award, in recognition of her “inspirational” work to all gymnasts and her “extremely hard-working” attitude towards Women’s Diability Artistic Gymnastics.

And Frank Gauld, who has been involved in athletics for 20 years, won the Coach award.

Jackie Smith, chairwoman of Aberdeenshire Sports Council, said the event was a great success, and was pleased so many people turned out amid ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: “Everything went really well, we did have a few people drop out but it was a fantastic night.

“It’s the only event in the Aberdeenshire calendar that really celebrates the hard work of athletes, coaches and volunteers and more, it really gives them the recognition they deserve.”

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