Aberdeen’s Neil Fachie named as ambassador of local sports awards

Oct 18, 2017

Sport Aberdeen today announced that Paralympic sporting star Neil Fachie MBE has been appointed as the first Ambassador of Aberdeen’s Sports Awards.

Neil Fachie at Aberdeen's Sports Awards 2016

Neil Fachie at Aberdeen's Sports Awards 2016

Neil Fachie MBE will take an ambassadorial role at the local awards, stepping aside from the running where he has picked up many awards over the years, taking a new stance to inspire more people, of all abilities, to reach their sporting potential.  

The multi medal winning Granite City athlete, and now ambassador, will see two awards taking his name acknowledging the outstanding sporting achievements he has made.

Neil Fachie MBE today said: “It is an absolute honour to have an award that has meant so much to me over the years, to now be in my name.”

The Neil Fachie Disability Sports Achiever of the Year Award and The Neil Fachie Junior Disability Sports Achiever of the Year Award, which is new to 2017, will sit amongst 18 categories at this year’s prestigious event.

Long-standing supporters BHGE have sponsored the adult disability category, with Ellis Whittam coming on board as brand new sponsors for the junior disability category.

The awards, hosted by the Active Aberdeen Partnership, will be held at the AECC on Thursday 26th October. Aberdeen's Sports Awards celebrates the wealth of sporting achievements and contributions made by local athletes, volunteers and clubs in encouraging individuals to be active.

Neil Fachie MBE, commented:

“It is an absolute honour to have an award that has meant so much to me over the years, to now be in my name.  When growing up in sport, I often saw other athletes being nominated for various trophies at the annual sports awards.  This gave me great inspiration to train harder and try to achieve more.

“Disability sport continues to develop at an incredible rate, and I hope the next generation of local athletes will see my story, and realise that they too can achieve their dreams if the set their mind to it.”

Tony Dawson, Active Aberdeen Partnership Chairman, also commented:

“There is no one more deserving of this role. Neil Fachie MBE is a true credit to Aberdeen and an inspiration to so many people of all ages and abilities.

“Stepping away from the shortlist to now represent these two prominent award categories truly demonstrates his dedication to sport and to encouraging more local athletes to follow in his footsteps.

“These awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the clear culture of sporting excellence and outstanding performance that Aberdeen has fostered.

“The annual ceremony highlights our city’s sporting communities and acknowledge those who go the extra mile by helping to provide opportunities for people to take up sport and physical activity.”

Campbell Elder, Well Systems Fulfilment Leader at Baker Hughes, a GE company said:

“It has been fantastic to see the achievements which Neil Fachie has made in sport over the years and to have an Olympic gold medallist as the Aberdeen Sports Awards Ambassador is very special.

“We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the adult disability category, now known as The Neil Fachie Disability Sports Achiever of the Year Award and we look forward to the winner being revealed at the event on 26 October.”

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