The sporting stars of Angus were in the spotlight for the 14th annual Angus Sports Awards ceremony last night. 

The Angus Sports Awards 2009 ceremony took place at the Reid Hall, Forfar and again highlighted the sporting talent and achievement that exists in Angus.

Angus Sports Council and Angus Council Sports Development Team again took the opportunity to honour the commitment, achievements and dedication of individuals and teams involved in sport across Angus. Angus Ahead, the area marketing campaign set up to fly the flag for the county at home and abroad, supported the Angus Sports Awards 2009 ceremony.

The Angus Sports Awards saw football very well represented in the categories of Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year and Service to Sport.  One of the highlights of the night was in the category of Team of the Year.

The 5-a-side Football A Team of Tayside Special Olympics were crowned Team of the Year. The team has gone from strength to strength since their formation in 2007. They competed at the Scottish Disability Sport 5-a-side championships where the achieved the Silver medal in the B band division.  The teams highest accolade of 2009 was when they competed at the Special Olympics National Summer Games and returned home as division 1 bronze medallists.  This was the highest ability banding where they played against regions from all over the UK.  After returning from Leicester the team competed in the Scottish Disability Sport 7-a-side championships.  This was the first time the team had played 7-a-side football and they achieved the silver medal in the A band division.  Within the team of 10 players, 8 are from Angus and 2 Angus players have been nominated to trial for the Great Britain World Games 2011 team.  The team will be competing at the SDS 5-a-side competition at the end of April.  Tayside Special Olympics B team was also nominated in the team of the year category after they’re success at the National Games in Leicester. 

The winners of the other awards were Colin Christie (Coach of the Year), Peter Mudie (Sports Personality for People with a Disability), Elinor Phillips (Service to Sport) and Louise Helyer (Sports Personality of the Year).

The ceremony was hosted by Radio Tay and included a new addition in partnership with McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd. of GB Olympic swimmer Robbie Renwick as guest speaker. Angus Sports Council Secretary Colin Knight said “Angus Sports Council and Angus Council Sports Development Team are delighted to be recognising and rewarding all those involved in sport across Angus.  All of the award nominees and eventual winners are proactively representing Angus and we are delighted to be highlighting the positive features that sport and physical activity can bring to Angus.  We would like to thank all those who made nominations for the awards and Angus Ahead who helped us stage this fantastic event.”

Angus Sports Council and Angus Council Sports Development Team would also like to thank Angus Council, Liz McColgan Health Club & Physiotherapy Centre, SportTayside & Fife, Angus Disability Sport, Merpro Ltd, Angus College, Radio Tay – Cash For Kids and McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd who all sponsored different award categories.  Other event sponsors included Lang’s of St Leonard’s, Sweatshop, Strathmore Foods and Strathmore Mineral Water Company