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Success in West Fife Awards

Published on Monday, 26 March 2018 13:32

Pitreavie hurdler Jack Lawrie won Sports Personality of the Year for 2017 in the annual Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council awards in February.

The 22-year-old 400m hurdler received the award at the 40th annual awards held on February 22 in a glittering ceremony at the Carnegie Conference Centre.

After narrowly missing out on the prize in previous years, Jack defeated strong competition, including fellow Pitreavie athlete Bethany McAndrew who was also short-listed for the award.

2017 was an impressive year for Jack who represented Great Britain at the European U23 Championship in Poland where he reached the 400m hurdles final to finish 7th.  He also won gold at the Scottish Athletics Senior and U17 National Championships, at the National Relay Championships in the 4x400m and a silver medal for Scotland at the Manchester International.

It was also a good year for Bethany who took gold in the East District Championships and in the Scottish Schools Championships.  She also competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas coming 6th in the heats. She was also selected to represent Scotland in the Celtic Games in Dublin, taking silver in the final as well as winning the Pitreavie Club Championships in her age group.

Zoe Nicholson, Sam Turnbull and Billy Doyle were all short-listed for Young Sports Personality of the Year but narrowly missed out on the top prize.

Billy was ranked top in Scotland in the 400m with a phenomenal time of 49.78  in 2017 and was selected to represent Scotland in the Schools International in Dublin.  He was Scottish National U17 Champion in the 400m, and took silver in the Scottish Schools Indoors and Outdoors Champs and in the East District as well as bronze in the Scottish Schools Indoor 200m and in the East District.

Sam had a great 2017 in his first year in athletics taking his PB from 1.49cm to 1.68 in the high jump.  He won gold at the Scottish Schools and bronze in the U15 Scottish Champs.

Zoe is one of Scotland’s top young hill runners, winning silver in the Nations Hill Running Championship on East Lothian, despite stopping to help a fellow runner who had broken her collar bone; and also winning first junior female in the Bishops Hill Race.

She was also selected to travel to Italy to represent Scotland in the International Mountain Running Youth Cup where she battled heat to finish 40th out of 70 despite falling and breaking her wrist.

The Dunfermline Press’ Service to Sport Award was shared by Pitreavie Ready, Steady, Go’s Nicola Moriarty and Anita Dow who have transformed the lives of many people through their couch to 5k Sunday morning running sessions, held at various locations in an around Dunfermline.  Many graduates of the programme have moved on to run 10k races and joined Pitreavie’s Endurance section crediting Nicola and Anita, and the other RSG coaches volunteers with  helping them become active and discover a love of running.

Pitreavie’s Senior Men’s Relay Squad were also short-listed for the Benny Hutton Team of the Year Award. This squad consisted of one senior (Jack Lawrie) and five juniors (Craig Moriarty. Taylor Roy, Cameron Sinclair, Ben Grant and Craig Dunlop). At the Scottish Champs they won double gold in the 4x100 and 4x400 with Craig Moriarty and Taylor Roy doubling up to run in both events.


Michael Mellon was short-listed in the East Kilbride Sport Council Award for disability sport aimed at athletes who have achieved significant progress during the year. He was nominated by both Pitreavie and Disability Fife after competing in various sports in the Invictus Games. 

Endurance coach Campbell Blair was also shortlisted in the Club Coach of the Year category which is presented to an individual coach who, through endeavour and outstanding commitment has contributed to the advancement of their club. He was nominated by members of the Endurance section for his efforts in relaunching the Road Runners section as PAAC Endurance and tripling the membership in less than a year. Campbell has been instrumental in managing a structured training programme for all abilities, coaching sessions outdoors throughout the year in all weathers.  His enthusiasm and support for all abilities has encouraged many members – aged 18-70 - to vastly improve their times and fitness while ensuring the sections motto “No-one gets left behind” means runners of all paces and abilities feel welcome and supported.

 

 

 

 

 

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