A north-east basketball coach has won a top award from SportScotland.
Teacher Mhairi Guthrie has been named Young Persons’ Coach of the Year for her work with Bridge of Don Academy’s basketball team and the Grampian Flyers.
In a bid to make basketball as accessible as possible she holds adapted sessions and has learned how to use signs and symbols as visual supports to help those who need to communicate and express themselves in a different way.
Ms Guthrie picked up the award at SportScotland’s coaching, officiating and volunteering awards in Glasgow on Thursday.
She said: “For the young people it’s about having fun, we’re trying to encourage growth, refine motor skills and keep them active.
“For the older ones it becomes more about technique and making sure they achieve everything they can on the basketball court.
“It has to be their journey and their decisions, we try to make sure they have a voice in everything we’re doing.
“The best bit is when kinds I’ve coached years ago tell me that they’re still playing and it’s still a part of their lives.”
At the ceremony, hosted by BBC Scotland’s Bryan Burnett, people were honoured for their contribution to sports such as swimming, cycling, athletics, football, karate, wheelchair curling, boxing and canoeing.