Scotland’s top three athletes delivered spectacularly on the track during a sensational summer for our sport – and now they are cleaning up in Awards season.
The Scottish Sports Awards hosted by Team Scotland and sportscotland cover a wide range of sports and a veritable feast of Scottish success therein during 2022.
But it was still no surprise to see a ‘clean sweep’ across three of the most significant accolades handed out at a glittering dinner in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday evening.
*Laura Muir was named the Female Athlete of the Year
*Jake Wightman was named the Male Athlete of the Year
*Eilish McColgan won the Scottish Sporting Moment of the Year following a public poll by Team Scotland/sportscotland.
Eilish, who had also been short-listed for Female Athlete of the Year, collected her award in person and Jake and Laura had to join the Dinner remotely from training locations in America and South Africa – as the hard work for 2023 begins in earnest.
It was excellent recognition for athletics in Scotland and all of our top three have stressed the support they have felt from the community – both now and over their formative years.
As well as the three winners, Sean Frame was short-listed for Para Athlete of the Year.
And there were two nominations on the short-list of four for Community Hero Award – Perth Strathtay Harriers coach Graeme Doig and Forth Valley Flyers coach and founder Graham Harvey.
Laura and Jake were also short-listed for the Sporting Moment of the Year award – Jake for the World title win in Oregon and Laura for European Championship gold in Munich (to make it four medals from three major events).
Eilish McColgan won Sporting Moment of the Year after following in her mother’s footsteps and winning 10,000m 🏃♀️ gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. #ScottishSportsAwards22 pic.twitter.com/67QyclNu7H
— Team Scotland (@Team_Scotland) December 7, 2022
"It's a huge honour and a huge privilege to win this award, this year of all years."
— sportscotland (@sportscotland) December 7, 2022