A shinty coach in Mallaig has been recognised at the HighLife Highland volunteers and staff awards ceremony.
The ceremony, held at the Strathpeffer Pavilion, allows staff and volunteers to come together in an evening’s celebration of those who contribute exceptionally across the Highlands in promoting opportunities in culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing.
John Angus Gillies, from the Isle of Skye, was nominated for the title of volunteer of the year by active schools co-ordinators for Mallaig and the Small Isles, Pamela MacDonald and Emma Walters.
He said: “There was no shinty in Mallaig up until five years ago when I set up the Mallaig and District Camanachd. We are now helping develop and teach shinty skills to over 30 children from primary age right through to secondary.
“I have some great people helping me with the likes of Ben MacDonald and Ruairidh MacLellan who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh award. But the main working partnership is between Innes Morrison and myself. I am very thankful for his work.
“It was a very humbling experience. I have never done anything for awards. To win and be recognised leaves me very touched and humbled.”
Other winners included Golspie Swimming Pool which was recognised for its implementation of life saving care and in particular the use of cardiac defibrillators. It scooped the Chair’s Special Award on the night.