Josh Kerr and Samantha Kinghorn were named our 4J Athlete of the Year and 4J Para Athlete of the Year, respectively, at our Annual Awards night in Glasgow.
The winners were announced by our host Bryan Burnett, at the culmination of a fantastic night celebrating the very best of our sport over the past 12 months.
Despite a competitive shortlist in the Athlete of the Year category, there could ultimately only be one winner when there’s a World Champion on the slate – and following Josh’s tremendous victory in the 1500m final in Budapest this summer, the award was his.
It was the pinnacle of a year of high-quality performances which also included victory in the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile and the Millrose Games 3000m, the latter with a new Scottish record of 7:33.47.
For Samantha there were an incredible four medals from the World Para Champs in Paris, including a shining gold in the T53 100m, with a CBP of 15.93.
She also scooped silver in the 800m, 400m, and Universal Relay. The event also saw her chosen as joint captain for the GB&NI team alongside Dan Greaves.
On receiving the 4J Para Athlete of the Year Award, Samantha said: ‘You almost forget that people are watching, and you just do it for you and then you step back and you win awards and you think Oh gosh, people are watching and people are pleased for how I’m doing, and it’s a really nice feeling.’
On her Paris success, she said: ‘I’d worked really, really hard, but I didn’t know I had it in me. Winning that gold in the 100m was just as much of a shock to me as anyone else.’