Sports awards winner revealed

SEVERAL sports stars from the local area were among the winners at the 16th annual Angus Sports Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.

Picking up the Young Sports Personality of the Year award was female golfer Ailsa Summers, a junior member of Carnoustie Ladies’ Golf club who is currently playing off scratch.

The presentation ceremony took place at the Reid Hall, Forfar and again highlighted the sporting talent and achievement that exists in the county.

Alisa is a very accomplished young athlete whose highlights in 2011 include representing Scotland at under-18 level and being a reserve for the Scottish Ladies’ European Tour team in Austria.

The young golfer has won the Angus Ladies’ County Championship for the last three years and currently holds the Carnoustie Ladies’ course record over the Carnoustie Championship course which is no easy task.

The team of the year award went to the Tayside Musketeers Cadet Men under-16 side, who are based and play their home games at Arbroath Sports Centre.

In 2011 the Muskies were the first team in the region for 10 years to win the National League Division One title.

Two members from the coaching staff were selected to coach for the Scottish national teams and in the future the team hopes to continue to compete at national level and win the Basketball Scotland Under 18 Junior Mens League, cup and play-offs.

And adding to the Musketeers success, the Coach of the Year award went to Paul Boath of the club who has coached 11 Scotland internationalists from under-13 to under-16 levels.

He led the Cadet Men’s team to win the Basketball Scotland National League Division One and play offs for the first time in 10 years.

Other winners at the awards ceremony included Greg Drummond of Fotheringham Curling Club, who was named Sports Personality of the Year.

Ian Bradford of Tayside Special Olympics won the Sports Personality of the Year for People with a Disability award while the Service to Sport winner was Neil Valentine of Forfar Amatuer Swimming Club.

The ceremony in association with Angus Ahead was hosted by Radio Tay and included locally based modern pentathlete and previous Angus Sports Personality of the Year Louise Helyer as guest speaker for the evening.