Tom Stillie was born in 1915 in Alva and enjoyed a successful spell in textiles as an assistant designer. He enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1940 and was subsequently commissioned into the Black Watch. However, he was seriously wounded towards the end of the war and the injuries he received affected him for the rest of his life.
In 1945 he was appointed lecturer in textile design at the Scottish Woollen Technical College. He had a keen interest in athletics, although his war wounds prevented him from competing, and was President of the Scottish Amateur Athletics Association in 1967. He showed an active interest in researching the history of tartan and tweed design and collecting fabric manufactured locally.
The tartan used in the Commonwealth Check for the 1970 Commonwealth Games was designed by Tom Stillie and used for the Scottish female team uniform, and fabric samples from Lochcarron and Gardiners of Selkirk. He died on 23 March 1978 while still in post as Senior Lecturer in Design at the Scottish Woollen Technical College.
The Tom Stillie Award is given each year to the person who has contributed the most to Scottish Athletics within the preceding year.
The winner of the Tom Stillie Award in 2019 was Sandra Hardacre – Head Endurance Coach at Livingston AC. As well as being a coach mentor at the club, she has led a squad of 25 athletes aged 14+ to their most successful year in club history with a record number of medals and international selections. She also coaches 5-12 year olds in the club Run, Jump and Throw programme and can be seen every weekend officiating at both Track & Field and Cross Country events as well as being East District secretary on the Road Running & Cross Country Commission where she makes a great impact.
Sandra coached Sarah Calvert to the European Junior Championships, and Isla Calvert, who won the scottishathletics under-17 athlete of the year award.
Her career in athletics dates back to the 1970s when, as Sandra Gammack, she was a member of the successful Pitreavie AAC squad, winning five team championships at the Scottish Cross Country Championships across the under-13, under-15 and under-17 age groups, including an individual title win in the under-13 age-group in 1975.