Athletics coach and Para sport administrator, Janice Eaglesham, has been short-listed for Volunteer of the Year at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards.
The big event is on Thursday 13 September and short-lists are starting to emerge in various categories – with three finalists named from the thousands of volunteers who give selflessly of their time at all levels of sport in Scotland.
The inspiring individuals named to contest Volunteer of the Year are Kamil Cybulski (Basketball), Janice Eaglesham (Disability Sport) and Jim Hay (Squash).
Janice Eaglesham epitomises the spirit of volunteering and her dedication, commitment and generosity of time and effort to sport at a local and national over three decades is inspiring.
Her introduction to volunteering was in 1977 as a guide runner to a visually impaired athlete and by 1985 she was volunteering at Special Olympics events. In 1990 Janice, with her husband Ian, developed the Red Star Athletics Club for athletes with a disability. Janice has coached twice a week since its inception as well as fulfilling many other vital roles within the club.
In 2010, she became a board member of Scottish Disability Sport and in 2014, she became the Chair.
Janice has taken on diverse roles and responsibilities within sport which demonstrates her skills, knowledge and expertise as a volunteer and her determination and enthusiasm to make a difference to participants with a disability. The sport of Race Running made its debut at the WPA European Games held just last week and Janice was at the forefront as coach and team manager as Scottish athletes claimed multiple medals.
‘It is an honour and privilege to be nominated for this award,’ said Janice.
‘The profile of sport for participants and performers with a disability continues to grow and I would like to pay tribute to all the athletes I have had the pleasure of working with over the years.’
scottishathletics was saddened this week to learn of the death of Honorary Life Member, Alan Grosset. We send our condolences to family and friends.
Alan had been ill for some time and passed away on August 20. He was very much involved in sport throughout his life and was added to the list of Honorary Life Membership for his contribution to athletics in Scotland back in 1992.
Alan’s funeral will be on Thursday (4 September) at 2pm at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh. Refreshments will be served thereafter at Duddingston Golf Club, Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh, EH15 3QD.