Callum Hawkins is the FPSG Athlete of the Year 2017

Callum Hawkins is the FPSG Athlete of the Year 2017

The marathon runner Callum Hawkins was named the FPSG Scottish athlete of the year at the FPSG Awards Dinner last Saturday in Glasgow.

Callum beat off the opposition of a very strong short-list which also featured two-times winner Laura Muir, World Para Record holder Sammi Kinghorn and Scottish Record holders Eilish McColgan and Chris O’Hare.

Kinghorn collected the Para Athlete of the Year award and Jemma Reekie took the U20 Athlete of the Year award. Philippa Millage of VP-Glasgow was named Masters Athlete of the Year. Joel McFarlane of Arbroath and District is the U17 Athlete of the Year.

‘I am absolutely delighted to win the FPSG Athlete of the Year award for 2017,’ said Callum.

‘It’s a great honour because I think everyone knows that Scottish athletes have been performing really well and there’s are some very talented and successful athletes on the short-list.

‘So thanks to those who made the selection and to scottishathletics and their sponsors FPSG for the award – the reception on Saturday night at the FPSG Awards Dinner was a special moment.

‘It wasn’t beating Mo Farah, because I don’t think he was really in shape at that time and it would be wrong to claim otherwise, but it was the performance and going so close to winning that day which added to my belief for 2017.

‘Then the two half marathons in Japan and New York set me up for the summer in London.

‘Overall I have to be pretty satisfied with the way the year unfolded.  Now it is all about getting ready for the Commonwealth Games marathon and seeing what I can do out there in April.’

Callum is in fact the first male athlete to win the award for nine years – since hurdler Allan Scott’s success in 2008. Only Eilidh Child, Lynsey Sharp and Muir have won it in the interim.’

scottishathletics Performance Director, Rodger Harkins, believes Callum’s achievements are all the more commendable as he does a lot of his hard training work on his own.

‘He is quite new to the event, which is easy to forget,’ said Rodger.

‘He made his debut in 2015 in the marathon, stepped up to the Olympics and was ninth in 2016, and then was fourth in the Worlds in 2017. It is a meteoric rise in many ways.

‘Don’t forget, the period being looked at includes an individual medal at the Euro Cross in Chia, which was a first for a Scot at Senior level. And also a national record 60.00 in Japan for the half marathon – two really good performances.

‘So it is not about just one performances over the year that is being assessed. It has also been a post-Olympic year and you would not always expect people to peak again so high and so often in that year.

‘Callum was operating at a high level in 2016 but arguably this year he’s moved it forward again and underlined his global credentials. That’s to his real credit.

‘Unlike a lot of athletes, he seems to intuitively listen to his body and tends to know how he is running without recourse to the watch or to what training partners or rivals are running. What I mean is: he has done a lot of this hard work out on his own.

‘He has great coaching support and family support from Robert and from his brother Derek and the rest of the family and I am sure that has helped, too.’

Sammi Kinghorn – Para Athlete of the Year

FPSG Awards Dinner Roll of Honour

Official of the Year: Janice MacFarlane

Raymond Hutcheson Trophy for Services to Officiating: Alison Mathieson

Volunteer of the Year: Mark Davidson

The Eddie Campbell Memorial Award: Lynn McKenna

Honary Life Membership: Eamon FitzGerald, David Lothian

Impact Club of the Year: Springburn Harriers

Track & Field Club of the Year: Edinburgh AC

Off Track Club of the Year: Cambuslang Harriers

The Tom Stillie Sword: Mike Johnston

The Dallas Trust Trophy: Zoey Clark

Club Coach of the Year: James Young

Development Coach of the Year: Iain McEwan

Performance Coach of the Year: Robert Hawkins

U17 Athlete of the Year: Joel McFarlane

U20 Athlete of the Year: Jemma Reekie

Masters Athlete of the Year: Philippa Millage

Para Athlete of the Year: Samantha Kinghorn

FPSGAthlete of the Year: Callum Hawkins