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WDSC 2011 Sports Awards - List of awards recipients

Senior Male Sports Performer of the Year

Shawn Lawrence (Winner)
Shawn was ranked 19th in the World in 2010 according to the International Paralympic Committee Database in the S5 50m backstroke. He competed at the British International Disability Swimming Championships and finished 4th in his S5 classification in the 50m Freestyle event producing a personal best time of 43.21 seconds.

Senior Female Sports Performer of the Year

Heather McLaren (Winner)
Heather is a Scottish internationalist and is a member of the Scottish Elite Squad for 2011. Heather was the youngest member of the senior national squad who attended the World Senior Championships in Belgrade in October 2010. She was also selected for the Senior European Championships in May 2011.

Jade Barclay (Highly Commended)
Jade is a 400m runner with a Personal Best of 59.9secs. Recently she has been selected to represent Scotland in an upcoming British International and has also been picked to run for the UK women's league.

Junior Male Sports Performer of the Year

Lloyd Holland (Joint Winner)
Lloyd is currently ranked 4th in Scotland in the U11 age group and is a member of the U13 National Development Squad. He is Dunbartonshire Primary SchoolsChampion for the second year running while still only in Primary 6. In 2010 Lloyd represented Scotland at a European tournament in Antwerp, Belgium.

Ryan Thomson (Joint Winner)
Ryan Thomson is a member of the Bank of Scotland Development Training Squad for 3000m. He is ranked 4th in the 1500m at U17's and ranked 4th in the 3000m at U15's. In March 2010 he gained his first Scottish vest competing in the British Schools Cross-country International.


Peter De Jonckheere (Highly Commended)

Peter is the youngest person in recent times to break into the Vale of Leven Cricket Club's first team. He has a natural ability with the bat and has shown great confidence in facing adult bowlers and fielders.

Volunteer of the Year

Adam Malia (Winner)
Adam has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Loch Lomond Rugby club coaching their junior and mini teams. He has also taken on responsibility for coaching in local primary and secondary schools. Adam has also organised and run a TAG rugby festival for primary school children which was a tremendous success and is planning to run a second festival before the summer this year.

Emma Millar (Highly Commended)

Emma is a qualified synchronised swimming coach with Clydebank Swimming Club and  coaches every week at the club. She is also a qualified synchronised swimming judge and timekeeper. She regularly judges at events throughout the UK and has recently been invited to judge at the European Masters event in Germany.

Mark Dorman (Highly Commended)

Mark is a member of WD Sports Youth Group and is active on their committee, he Is a past chairman and is currently the vice-secretary. He regularly coaches for the Active Schools basketball programme and has attended many community days, festivals, events within West Dunbartonshire. He also coaches at local sports camps and with Dunbartonshire Disability Sports Club

Coach of the Year

Douglas Mackechnie (Joint Winner)
Douglas is a Level 3 coach and has been the official coach at Kirktonhill LTC for 2 years. He has worked hard to attract new participants to the sport and to help the club grow and develop. He provides junior coaching on most Saturdays between March and October. He has organised junior championships and other junior events and contributes to the club's fundraising events.

Jimmy Orr (Joint Winner)
In 2008 at the age of 21 Jimmy was appointed Head Coach of West Dunbartonshire Amateur Swimming Club. In the last 2 years under his guidance the Club has gone from 43rd best club to 10th best in Scotland. At the present moment the Club has six swimmers ranked in the top 10 in open age groups in Scotland, three swimmers within the top 10 in Britain for their age, two swimmers ranked in the top 5 out of everyone in Britain, and one swimmer ranked top 9th in the Commonwealth.

Richard Thomson (Highly Commended)
Richard was left in charge of the Clydebank Aikido Club at the age of 14 years old when the club instructor left. This involved Richard teaching other students while studying and developing his own aikido, In recent years Richard has been responsible for developing the club's policies and procedures - the club was one of the first to achieve Quality Club status with West Dunbartonshire Council.
Louise Boyle (Highly Commended)
Louise has been an active coach with Clydebank Swimming Club for over four years. Currently she is the Lead coach for club and besides weekly coaching sessions she organises the club galas. She has a good rapport with the swimmers and has been successful in developing club over recent years.


School Sport Volunteer of the Year

Paul Maitz (Winner)
Paul Maitz has worked as a classroom assistant at Christie Park Primary School from 1990 and has been heavily involved in school sport during this time. Paul is the school's chief cheerleader, he's on the side-lines at every tournament and every event, always supporting, always encouraging.  His appetite and enthusiasm for sport is infectious, through his involvement, the school has transformed itself and developed a remarkable attitude to sport and exercise. He holds qualifications in a number of sports such as, athletics, hockey, badminton, rugby and football. When he's not coaching himself Paul is recruiting other volunteers, recently he registered four more volunteers with Active Schools. This session Paul has been teaching hockey to over 50 children and is supported by another 6 adult volunteers, all recruited by him. He has also agreed to run interschool football session and plans to run a holiday programme in the summer and start up an athletics club. 
Mark Ferrier (Highly Commended)

Mark Ferrier is Geography teacher in St Peter the Apostle High School.  Since the school opened two sessions ago the school has experienced outstanding success regarding its football teams – both in terms of trophies won, but more importantly in the level of participation.  While Mark would be the first to admit that he is only one of a team of football coaches, he is undoubtedly the major player and the driving force behind it all. Last season the school won 4 trophies, including the Scottish Cup at Under 16 level. This season has been even more successful. The school has 5 boys football teams and 2 girls football teams. Of the 17 tournaments entered, school teams reached 11 semi-finals and of these teams have reached 7 finals. At the time of writing this report the school has won two Glasgow District Cups (U18 and U14) and two Glasgow District Leagues (U18 and U15). Mark also runs a Primary School Tournament for primary 5/6 pupils in all Clydebank schools. Mark's role in all this has been outstanding.  He has arranged sponsorship for every team resulting in every team having a full medical kit, tracksuits etc. He takes training sessions when there are no games planned. He has arranged for staff to gain Level 2 SFA coaching badges. 
Wilma Skinner (Highly Commended)
Mrs Wilma Skinner who taught at Knoxland Primary School for over 30 years.  During her time there she ran the football team and organised the local monthly tournaments at the Astroturf at Eastend Park. Despite taking early retirement from teaching 14 years ago she has continued to run the football team at Knoxland taking weekly training sessions. She also continues to coordinate the monthly tournaments which are now held at the new all-weather pitch at Knoxland.  She liaises with all the Dumbarton primary schools, inviting their participation and always encourages fair play, sportsmanship and respect.
Kathleen Murray (Highly Commended)
Kathleen Murray started volunteering for Active Schools in 2009 and has been a dedicated Netball Coach at Gavinburn Primary School since then.  Kathleen takes the P5-7 club every Thursday and is extremely passionate about getting more children involved in sport and activity. Since the club started in 2009 its popularity in the school has steadily grown due to Kathleen's hard work and dedication. Although Kathleen is a busy working mum she always makes herself available for every training session and is present at every netball festival and netball game to support and coach her team.  Kathleen has a fantastic rapport with the pupils and this show in the attendance figures both in the retention and the increase of pupils signing up.  The facilities that Kathleen has access to are poor and the hall isn't lined for sports games. Instead Kathleen arrives early and draws out the entire netball court with a piece of chalk and before this she has to move canteen tables to squeeze every last bit of playing area out of the hall. 

Service to Sport

Pat Leonard (Joint Winner)
Pat Leonard has been a member of Kirktonhill Tennis Club for well over 40 years and is the club's only life member. He is a wonderful ambassador for the club and for tennis as a whole. He has been club champion on numerous occasions, has represented the club in league competition for decades and has received 2 caps for Scotland. He has served the club as club president and continues to be a very active member on the committee. What makes Pat so special is his unstinting work in the maintenance and upkeep of the club and club house. Almost single-handedly, he has ensured that the outside of the club house is painted and the roof is water-tight; he cuts the grass and carries out heavy work in repairing walls or cutting down overhanging branches. He can turn his hand to almost any problem – be it clearing drains, replacing door locks, security and fencing. 
Campbell Smith (Joint Winner)
Campbell Smith created his first badminton Club over thirty years ago and has been coaching badminton for over 22 years.  Carman Badminton Club developed a strong school - club link with the Vale of Level Academy and was nationally recognised for producing many international level players. Over the years the club won many local leagues and cups and Campbell was selected to be the head coach of the Under 17 Scotland Squad from 1999 to 2001. Campbell is currently the chairperson of Lomond Badminton Club where he also coaches and has recently updated his badminton coaching qualifications having gained the new UKCC Level 3 Award.
Alan Auld (Joint Winner)
Alan has worked with the hockey club for eleven years. Originally, called West Dunbartonshire Hockey Club four years ago the club changed its name to Caledonian Junior Hockey Club. Alan has been successful in developing local players to national standard. Amy Gibson is now part of the Scotland Senior Squad that competed in the European Women's Indoor Hockey Championships. Alistair Stewart has progressed to play for Scotland U16 and U'18's. Alan has also encouraged Alistair to start coaching at the club. He has also successfully nominated local talented players to the Glasgow School of Sport. Alan is also club chairman and has successfully secured sponsorship allowing the Club to purchase new playing kit and uniform for the coaches. 
Mark Ewing (Highly Commended)
Mark has contributed continuously to Aikido in Clydebank for more than two decades in a career that is now over 35 years. He instructs at Clydebank Aikido Club and has established a junior 'feeder' class in a Milngavie primary school where he lives. Mark also gives club members extra instruction at his home where he has a small dojo (training hall) – this is available to students who seek more personal instruction and practise perhaps when preparing for grading examinations.
Graham Lawrence (Highly Commended)
Graham has coached at the Vale of Leven Cricket Club for over 25 years. He organises and coaches our winter indoor practice sessions in the Vale of Leven Academy. He is still one of the club's leading batsmen and bowler. Graham is a qualified coach. He communicates well with players of all ages and his practical skills make it easy for his trainees to understand want is required of them. Graham has held the role of club captain and served on the club committee on number occasions.