The Endurance runner Laura Muir was named FPSG Scottish Athlete of the Year and Fifer Derek Rae won the FPSG Para Athlete of the Year award at the scottishathletics and jogscotland FPSG Awards Dinner at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday.
Guest of Honour Dame Kelly Holmes helped make the spectacular ceremony in Glasgow on Saturday night. It was a great moment for some of the best names in sport and Dame Kelly, introduced Laura Muir as ‘your future Olympic champion.’
‘I am thrilled to win this title again and every year it seems the opposition is even stronger – because so many Scots are performing on the world stage,’ said Laura.
‘It was such an exciting year for me. There were a few highlights but if you push me I would pick out Berlin and the European 1500m gold. It was my first international medal outdoors and I really wanted to win that one.’
This is the third time Laura has won the Scottish Athlete of the Year crown, and her coach, Andy Young, made it a double by collecting the Performance Coach of the Year award.
‘Laura Muir has had a cracking year and I was delighted to present her with the FPSG Scottish Athlete of the Year award,’ said Dame Kelly.
‘I think a World No 1 ranking for the Women’s 1500m from the IAAF, on overall performances through the season, says it all about Laura’s 2018, really.’
‘The World Indoors in Birmingham in early March set her up for the rest of the year.’
‘To win two medals in three days with a bronze in the 3000m followed by a silver in the 1500m was a great achievement – and especially when snow and ice made travelling so difficult in Britain that week!’
‘I think that boosted her confidence even more for the European Championships and she dominated that 1500m final to win well in Berlin. To then go and win the Diamond League final in Brussels really was the icing on the cake.’
FPSG Awards Dinner Roll of Honour
Technical Official of the Year: Margaret Brown
Raymond Hutcheson Trophy for Services to Officiating: Ian McWatt
Volunteer of the Year: Stephen Wallace
The Eddie Campbell Memorial Award: Sunny McGrath
Honary Life Membership: Mairi Levack
Impact Club of the Year: Team East Lothian
Track & Field Club of the Year: Edinburgh AC
Off Track Club of the Year: Garscube Harriers
The Tom Stillie Sword: Adrian Stott
The Dallas Trust Trophy: Eilish McColgan
Club Coach of the Year: Kirk and Linda Smith
Development Coach of the Year: John Lees
Performance Coach of the Year: Andy Young
U17 Athlete of the Year: Kane Elliott
U20 Athlete of the Year: Erin Wallace
Masters Athlete of the Year: Charlotte Morgan
FPSG Para Athlete of the Year: Derek Rae
FPSG Athlete of the Year: Laura Muir
Scottish Athletics Annual Awards, 2018 (C) Bobby Gavin