Callum and Maria win our FPSG Athlete of Year titles

Monday 25th November 2019

John Agnew of FPSG and Guest of Honour Paula Radcliffe with Maria Lyle and Callum Hawkins (Photo by Bobby Gavin)

Para athletes join our Hall of Fame

Callum Hawkins and Maria Lyle have been named as our FPSG Athletes of the Year.

Marathon runner Hawkins saw off the challenge of holder Laura Muir and four other strong contenders to win the FPSG Athlete of the Year award.

And Dunbar teenager Maria, who won a sprint double at the Para World Championships in Dubai, is our choice as FPSG Para Athlete of the Year.

Guest of Honour Paula Radcliffe helped make the presentations to the pair at a sold out FPSG Awards Dinner in Glasgow on Saturday night.

Clubs, coaches, Officials and volunteers were also recognised and acknowledged in a great celebration of our sport.

All the winners in all scottishathletics categories are listed further down this article (and we also hope to carry some separate stories on here over the next few days).

Congratulations to all our winners and nominees and in particular to Callum and Maria and their families and coaches – Robert Hawkins and Jamie Bowie respectively.

Robert Hawkins was named FPSG Performance Coach of the Year for the second time, with Jamie on the short-list.

Callum Hawkins with Paula Radcliffe

‘I’m thrilled to win the FPSG Athlete of the Year award given the competition this year,’ said Callum, who broke the Scottish Record in the Men’s Marathon in 2019 and finished fourth in Doha at the IAAF World Champs.

‘There have been Scottish Records broken on the track and the two hill guys, Jacob Adkin and Andy Douglas, have performed superbly, too.

‘It is quite exciting to see some progress in the marathon rankings for 2019 by Scottish athletes and hopefully we can add to that over the next couple of years.’

Maria has been a prominent competitor in Para events since her very early teens and indeed first won this title back in 2015.

‘I’m delighted to win the Para Athlete of the Year title again,’ she said.

‘There was so much success in Dubai and it was really special to be part of that and win my first global titles.

‘I had thought earlier in the year that just being in Dubai would be the main target but once you get there then you want to be really competitive.’

Maria Lyle with Paula Radcliffe (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Full list of all scottishathletics Awards

FPSG Athlete of the Year – Callum Hawkins (Kilbarchan AAC)

FPSG Para Athlete of the Year – Maria Lyle (Team East Lothian)

U20 Athlete of the Year – Praise Olatoke  (Kilbarchan AAC)

U17 Athlete of the Year – Isla Calvert  (Livingston AC)

Masters Athlete of the Year – Alastair Walker (Teviotdale Harriers)

FPSG Performance Coach of the Year – Robert Hawkins

Development Coach of the Year – Linda Nicholson

Club Coach of the Year – David Arnott

Technical Official of the Year – Val Murdoch

Raymond Hutcheson Trophy for Services to Officiating – Dave Finlayson

Impact Club of the Year – Harmeny AC

Track and Field Club of the Year – Giffnock North AC

Off-Track Club of the Year – Central AC

Volunteer of the Year – Mark Stringer

Eddie Campbell Memorial Medal – Anna Hedley (Fife AC)

Tom Stillie Sword – Sandra Hardacre

Dallas Trust Trophy – Jake Wightman

Bryan Burnett interviews Paula Radcliffe on stage at the FPSG Awards Dinner (photo by Bobby Gavin)


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