By Shane Fenton
The 2016 S.H.G.A annual award winners have now been confirmed, it was an exceptional season in track & field with many outstanding performances.
SHGA ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - ALLAN HAMILTON
This was very much an unanimous decision, Allan had an exceptional season in both running and jumping.
The highlight came at the Mull Games in July when he broke two long standing Scottish records. He became the first man to jump over 50 feet in the triple jump when he leapt out to 50' 1.5'' the record had stood since 1982. The 2006 long jump record of 24' 2'' also went with Allan setting new figures of 24' 6.5''.
Long established ground records also fell at a number of Games while on the track he won SHGA sprint titles at both Loch Lomond and Braemar, One weekend in mid-August he won the Open 90m handicap from the backmark plus LJ & TJ at Stirling Games, then 24 hours later at Crieff Games won the LJ,TJ & HJ to take the SHGA Light Field Championship and again won the 90m handicap from the backmark.
Allan also sprinted to a £1000 prize in the Borders when he took the 90 metres handicap title at the non SHGA Langholm meeting, then less than 24 hours later travelled the entire length of the country [360 miles] to take part in the Halkirk Games where he won no less than five events, 85m, 200m, LJ, TJ, High Jump.
At the end of August he ran a new 100 metres PB of 10.95[4th fastest in Scotland this year] in a Scottish league match at Grangemouth, 48 hours after contesting 6 events at Oban Games including the Long Jump where he broke a 104 year old record.The Sale Harrier who returns to America this month until the end of the year also won the Scottish Athletics Long Jump title where he is ranked number one.
HEAVYWEIGHT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - SCOTT RIDER
The standard of throwing on the circuit this season was the best it's been for a number of years.
A number of ground records were broken throughout the campaign.
Scott Rider had an outstanding season taking the World,British and Scottish titles.
His grand slam performance of winning all seven disciplines in the Scottish championship at Crieff was reckoned by many seasoned campaigners as being one of the greatest ever achievements in highland games history.
OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACHIEVEMENT - JAZMINE TOMLINSON
Jazmine, from Jedburgh made history at Musselburgh Racecourse on the 1st January 2016 when she became the first ever female winner of the famous New Year[Powderhall] Sprint Handicap. One of the closest finals in the history of the race saw five athletes hit the line almost in unison, the photo finish however determined Jazmine who ran from a handicap of 20.5 metres had prevailed by 0.03 of a second to write her name into the history books.
LIST OF ALL THE AWARD WINNERS
Athlete of the Year Allan Hamilton
Heavyweight Athlete of the year Scott Rider
Scottish Heavyweight Athlete of the year Lukasz Wenta
Cyclist of the year Charles Fletcher
Veteran (Distance) Donald Bradley
Veteran (Sprints) Cameron Smith
Youth of the Year (Male) Sean Bates
Youth of the Year (Female) Brodie Cowan
Youth Cyclist of the year Kyle Cartmel
Outstanding female athlete Jazmine Tomlinson
Jimmy Murray TOW Trophy Peter McReadie
All the winners as well as all those who won prizes in the various SHGA leagues will be presented with their prizes at the SHGA Awards Dinner in Glenrothes on the 22nd October. Tickets for the evening are available from SHGA aecretary Ian Grieve 01334476305.ane Fenton
Published: 2016-10-07 22:15:20