Vote for us! We need your support for Brand of the Year award

Monday 28th November 2022

Eilish McColgan and Samantha Kinghorn are short-listed for WSA accolades (Birmingham 2022 photos by Bobby Gavin)

Women’s Sports Alliance website

Eilish McColgan and Samantha Kinghorn are in the running for more Awards success – and so are scottishathletics and jogscotland!

We’re delighted to make a short-list of six for the Brand of the Year category in the Women’s Sports Alliance Awards.

It’s due recognition of a big commitment by us as a governing body to women’s sport across a range of areas (further details below) and we would love your support – with votes required to take the short-list down to two finalists.

Eilish is in the hunt for Athlete of the Year and Samantha for Para Athlete of the Year and would appreciate your votes, too.

Follow the links here to vote:

scottishathletics and jogscotland for Brand of the Year

Eilish McColgan for Athlete of the Year

Samantha Kinghorn Para Athlete of the Year

jogscotland wins Inspiration in Sport title at Scottish Women in Sport awards

The Women’s Sports Alliance is a story-telling platform which aims to champion women’s sport, inspire the next generation of talent and initiate positive change.

Jordan Guard, founder of the WSA, told us: ‘The short-lists were compiled after attendees at our Athlete Advancement Series assessed all the nominations.

‘Now we are asking people to vote in each category before we confirm the finalists.

‘The winners will be announced on December 20.’

Here are a few bullet points from our submission . . .

  • In 2022, the scottishathletics Board had a gender split of six women and five men. In 2010, the split was eight men and one woman. Commission Convenor roles, the highest positions effectively for volunteers, are two women and two men.
  • For the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the athletics team (within the overall Team Scotland for all sports) featured 33 athletes for track, field and Para marathon. Of these, 19 were women and 14 were men.
  • It proved a superb Games for Scotland with eight medals claimed for the first time for 40 years – and Laura Muir (gold and bronze) and Eilish McColgan (gold and silver) memorably led the way. The Women’s 4x400m team also won Scotland’s first medal in the Commonwealth track relays since 1990.
  • jogscotland, the recreational running arm of scottishathletics, launched at the end of November our ‘Menopause Friendly campaign with key guidance and sign-positing for groups, with support and inclusion in the project growing throughout 2022.
  • After equalising the distance for all male/female races at cross country some time ago, 2022 saw equal counter numbers in the Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s race – six athletes in each – at our National XC for the second time (after an initial pilot).
  • Young People’s Forum set up at start of 2022 with 15 new members appointed – with a split of nine female members and six male. The three-strong leadership group are all women.
  • Across our Annual Awards nominees in categories for Athlete, Coach, Volunteer and Official there are a total of 36 individuals nominated. Of these, 19 are women and 17 are men.
  • Women in Leadership: Staff and Board members regularly taking part in Women in Leadership courses. Two female staff currently on the European Athletics Gender Leadership Seminars.

Photo by Bobby Gavin

Tags: Eilish McColgan, Equality, equality diversity and inclusion, Samantha Kinghorn, Women's Sports Alliance

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