Thursday, September 13, 2018

Magnificent seven shortlist for Aquatics at Team Scotland Awards

Aquatics will be well-represented at this evening’s Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards with seven nominations secured across six categories. The event in Edinburgh will celebrate Scotland’s greatest sporting achievements from the past 12 months, including the best ever medal tally at an overseas Commonwealth Games.

Duncan Scott played a big part in securing that medal tally, winning six medals and becoming Scotland’s most successful athlete at a single Games. Duncan is shortlisted for Male Athlete of the Year while his gold medal winning 100m freestyle on the Gold Coast is up for Sporting Moment of the Year.

Scott’s coach, Steven Tigg, is shortlisted for Coach of the Year. As well as Scott, Tigg also coached England’s Aimee Wilmott to gold, Ross Murdoch to silver and has helped guide young swimmers Scott McLay and Craig McLean to senior representative honours.

Diver Grace Reid finished her season a Commonwealth and European Champion. Reid secured Scotland’s first diving gold medal for 60 years and was Scotland’s first ever female diver to win gold. Her winning performance on the 1m springboard on the Gold Coast is shortlisted for the Sporting Moment of the Year. She then went onto win gold in the 3m springboard event at the European Championships, holding her nerve to snatch gold on her final dive. Her consistency during the season also sees her shortlisted for Female Athlete of the Year.

Fellow diver, Lucas Thomson, is a finalist in the Young Athlete of the Year category after a superb 12 months. Representing Team Scotland on the Gold Coast, Thomson had top five finishes in both the Men’s 10m Platform and Men’s 10m Synchro events. He then went onto win medals at the European Junior Championships, the FINA Diving Grand Prix Series and the World Junior Diving Championships.

Para-swimmer Toni Shaw is nominated in the Para Sport Athlete of the Year. At 14 years old she was the youngest athlete on Team Scotland then at the European Championships in Dublin in August she really announced herself onto the International stage with six medal winning performances.

The event is being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and is being hosted by Hazel Irvine and Dougie Vipond.

Full details of the nominations can be found here: