These are the notes which were used to introduce the winners as they went up to receive their trophies at the SHGA Awards Dinner in the Gilvenbank Hotel in Glenrothes.
YOUTH CYCLIST OF THE YEAR – REUBENS THOMSON GRAMPIAN TIGERS
Reubens maybe one of the smallest riders on the circuit, but the pocket dynamo has one of the biggest hearts. The Grampian Tigers rider was a consistent supporter of the Youth cycle events and is a worthy winner of the award which he also won 12 months ago.Picking up league points at 14 different venues.
During the course of the season he finished 1st on 7 occasions was runner up no fewer than 18 times and finished 3rd six times. His points tally of 131 is the most ever recorded by a youth cyclist. He won both the SHGA and Fife leagues.
CYCLIST OF THE YEAR – CHARLES FLETCHER GRANTOWN ON SPEY
Charles had another exceptional season on the grass tracks. He pedalled to a double on the opening day at Blackford and finished with a double on the closing day at Pitlochry. In between he racked up another 40 wins and numerous 2nd and 3rd places. His victories included Scottish title wins at Markinch, Ceres and Halkirk. Everywhere the Cairngorm rider appeared he was giving away big starts to all his rivals, it rarely proved to be a deterent with clean sweeps of all the races on the cards being recorded at several games. Charles won both the Fife and the SHGA leagues with his points tally in the latter 6 more than in 2017.
YOUTH MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – GASPARD LECRIVAIN ABERDEEN AC
Gaspard is following in the long strides of his brother Edouard who won this award last year.And similar to his sibling Gaspard won both the Over- 400 metres Fife and SHGA leagues.In total he won 15 races over all distances from 90m up to 1600m amassing a total of 95 points in the two SHGA leagues.
YOUTH FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – HANNAH STEEL LOTHIAN RC
Hannah, who also won this award last year was once again the most successful female youth athlete on the circuit. The Lothian Running Club member won the over-400mts Fife league and finished runner up in the SHGA equivalent for the second succesive year with her points total of 45, ten more than last year. Following a 3rd place at the New Year meeting Hannah went on to record wins at Cupar, Balloch, Burntisland, St Andrews, Bridge of Allan and Blairgowrie. In mainstream events she also lowered her 800 metres PB on four occasions during the year.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – SAMANTHA TURNBULL TLJT
Samantha has once again been a consistent performer on the circuit this season picking up league points at 9 different games. Her season long joust with Rebecca Burns for the Women's league title went right to the wire on the final day of the season at Pitlochry. Earlier in the campaign wins were recorded at Perth, Crieff, Cupar and Blairgowrie.
Samantha is also a previous winner of the Female youth award back in 2015.
VETERAN ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – JOHN THOMSON GLENROTHES
No one currently competing on the games circuit will have won more races than John Thomson, he has been doing it consistently for over 40 years. If you had told John at the start of the season that he would win this award he would have given you good odds.Any success for the Fife AC veteran has been a bonus. For a couple of years it was in doubt if he would ever compete again with injury keeping him off the tracks. He doggedly battled back and on the opening day of the season ran a satisfactory race finishing in 3rd place at Blackford, he filled similar positions at both Ceres and Thornton before going on to win at Burntisland. He ended the campaign in style with wins at Birnam and Braemar. He also performed with credit in the Masters Championships in Malaga. Over the years he has been a frequent visitor to compete Down Under in Australia and plans to return at the end of the year.
SCOTTISH BORN HEAVY ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – KYLE RANDALLS FALKIRK
Kyle enjoyed his best ever season finishing in 4th place and top Scot in the heavies league.
HEAVY EVENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – LUKASZ WENTA EAST KILBRIDE
No competitor in any sport competes at more games in a season than Lukasz Wenta. This summer Lukasz became the first ever heavy to amass more than 1000 pts in the SHGA league, with a final tally of 1052. 2018 also saw the Polish athlete now resident in East Kilbride win all three major championships , the Scottish, British and World.
SHGA ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – EWEN BRADLEY INVERNESS
Ewen has had an exceptional season which saw him travel the length and breadth of the country to take part in no fewer than 35 different Highland games. In total he contested 200 different events gaining top three finishes in 180 of them including 70 event wins.
PB's were recorded in Long,High and Triple Jump. An amazing 200 points were amassed in winning the Jumps league and his total of 140 in triumphing in the 400/800 mts league was more than double that of his nearest rival. A triple league success eluded him when he finished second in the 90/200m league. One of his many highlights was winning all seven events he contested at the Strathpeffer Games. I am sure you will all agree a worthy winner of this years main award.
JIMMY MURRAY TUG O WAR AWARD - RHUAIRIDH DUNCAN STRATHARDLE
The person nominated for this award, has pulled for his team some 18 years, first pulling at Invercharron Games at the age of 11. He is the first name on the team sheet whether it be a weight limit or open competition. He has won the best trainer award by his team every year since it started. He has also won the teams puller trophy of the year on more occasions than any other member. Highlights for him would be his team winning the Scottish Championship at Blackford. 5man Scottish Championship at Luss, And 8 man British Championship at Pitlochry in season 2017. This was followed up by the 8 man Scottish Championship at Blackford, and the 5 man Scottish Championship at Luss and the 725kgs Scottish Championship at Aberdeen in season 2018 The winner of this years Jimmy Murray Trophy is Rhuairidh Duncan from the Strathardle Tug Of War Team.
Published: 2018-10-21 17:34:15