At last, it's all the best sports talent from 2019

Publication Date05 November 2021
Publication titleDumfries & Galloway Standard
The Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards 2019 should have been presented in March, 2020. However, the pandemic struck and the event was cancelled . The awards were now presented locally to the winners.

Organised by Active Schools and Community Sport for Dumfries and Galloway Council, the event celebrates individuals and organisations who have excelled in their sport in 2019.

Sports Personality of the Year Award, sponsored by Anderson's Joinery, went to Ryan who had a fantastic 2019.

He started the curling year winning a silver medal with Team Kinnear at the Scottish Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen.

With his team, he went on to win the

Asham Under 21 Slam and trained twice weekly at the Scottish Curling Academy in Stirling.

The pinnacle of 2019 was being selected for Team Whyte in February to represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships in Canada where they won a bronze medal.

He was then selected for Team GB at the World University Games in Russia competing against the best curlers in the world and managed to return with another bronze medal.

Runner-up was Lewis Bell, from Langholm, who after many years of drive, dedication and determination had his best year on the athletics circuit to date.

He won the Scottish National Athletics U20 200m title at Grangemouth and followed that up with a silver medal in the men's national final over the same distance.

He won two bronze medals over 200m and 400m at the Scottish University and College Championships which won him the 'Most Improved Athlete' title from the

University of Abertay.

He was selected for the Kingdom Athletics team that competed in the UK Youth Development League Finals and was awarded Hawkshill Harriers 'Best Male Performance' of the year.

That was for his performance in the National 200m and he was joined in good company with Laura Muir the female recipient.

The Small School Sports Initiative of the Year Award, sponsored by Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee was won by the partnership school of Carrutherstown and Cummertrees Primary School.

All children had the opportunity to take part in at least one activity ranging from swimming, netball, football, rugby, multisports, tennis and gymnastics, winning many local and regional competitions.

The school also took part in a wide variety of well-being and inclusive sporting activities.

The Large School Sports Initiative of the Year Award, sponsored by The Dumfries and Galloway Standard, went to Newington Primary from...

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