Grainger, Fachie and Florence scoop prizes at 2016 Aberdeen’s Sports Awards
The trio were awarded the Male and Female Sports Achievers of the Year with Neil Fachie also picking up Disability Sports Achiever again.
The awards come as recognition for the monumental year they have had in their fields, where they all picked up Olympic medals in Rio.
The Rio-tastic awards ceremony hosted by the Active Aberdeen Partnership at the AECC saw hundreds of guests pay tribute to the winners and finalists.
David Florence also delivered the keynote speech, where he praised the continued improvement of sports facilities in the city, and encouraged young people to get active.
It is the 23rd year of the Aberdeen Sports Awards, held to recognise the commitment, dedication and achievements of local athletes, teams, volunteers and coaches who put Aberdeen on the sporting map.
Speaking after the awards, a spokesperson for the Active Aberdeen Partnership (AAP) said:
“The AAP would like to extend a huge congratulations to all of the winning finalists.
“This was the biggest Aberdeen Sports Award to date and it really demonstrated the wealth of sporting talent Aberdeen has to offer the world.
“From Neil Fachie, to Aberdeen Snow Sports, to Hazlehead Primary and so many more, we can all take huge pride from the impact they have had not only on their sport, but in inspiring the next generation to become more active.”
Other awards included Lifetime Achievement award to Bill Berry, who has been involved in sport for over 61 years as a competitor, coach, referee and one of Scotland’s highest grade judo players.
Male Sports Achiever of the Year
Neil Fachie and David Florence
Female Sports Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by the Evening Express
Winner: Katherine Grainger
Highly Commended: Jackie Lockhart
Junior Male Sports Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Stronachs
Winner: John Docherty
Highly Commended: Dylan Curry
Highly Commended: Finn Bremner
Junior Female Achiever of the Year- Sponsored by McLeod+Aitken
Veteran Sports Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by AFCCT
Disability Sport Achiever of the Year- Sponsored by Baker Hughes
Student of the Year – Sponsored by Aberdeen University
Winner: Lewis McCue
Highly Commended: Douglas Green
Club of the Year- Sponsored by ID Verde
Winner: Aberdeen Snow Sports
Highly Commended: Aberdeen Sooyang Do
Highly Commended: Wanderers RFC
Team of the Year – Sponsored by Spree
Primary School of the Year- Sponsored by David Lloyd
Winner: Kingswells Primary
Highly Commended: Hazlehead Primary
Secondary School of the Year – Sponsored by Sport Aberdeen
Winner: Bridge of Don Academy
Highly Commended: Hazlehead Academy
Outstanding Commitment– Sponsored by Aberdeen Sports Village
Winner: Leroy Smith
Highly commended: Lorna Presley
Highly Commended: Len Nicol
Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership
Supporter of the Year – Sponsored by Petrolink
Junior Sports Coach of the Year – Sponsored by Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
Adult Sports Coach of the Year- Sponsored by RGU
Winner: Sara Paterson
Highly Commended: Sally Carns
Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Aberdeen City Council