Helensburgh man wins national Young Scot award

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5 May 2016 - 12:35

A young man from Argyll and Bute has won the much sought-after sports award at this year's prestigious Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.

Gordon Reid, a former Hermitage Academy pupil, fought off hundreds of entries to get to the final before being crowned the 2016 sports winner. This category celebrates people who, through their hard efforts and determination, have achieved the extraordinary in sport.

Twenty-four-year-old Gordon has overcome many struggles to become the Australian Open wheelchair tennis champion and mixes on the global tennis circuit with Andy Murray and Roger Federer. After competing in Beijing and London, he’s also set to take part in his third Paralympics in Rio.

Gordon was unable to attend the star-studded ceremony on Edinburgh due to training commitments in London but spoke of his delight at winning via video-link.

"It's a great honour for me to receive this Young Scot Award," he said. "I think it will be my last one as I've just sneaked in with my age but hopefully what I've done, and the other inspirational people here tonight, will inspire other young Scottish people."

Keira Rutherford, a pupil at Rothesay Joint Campus, also did exceptionally well to reach the final in the Unsung Hero Award category. Unfortunately Keira never won but the 11-year-old can be very proud of her achievements to date. Keira dedicates her time to raising money for good causes and has raised £2,500 over the past five years for charities, including Erskine Hospital and the British Heart Foundation.

​Now in its 11th year, the Young Scot Awards have been a phenomenal success, recognising the amazing achievements of some of Scotland’s truly remarkable young people.  The awards shine a light on the positive contributions young people make every day and provide a fantastic opportunity to see their efforts and dedication celebrated.