Celebrating Central Fife’s top sports people

THE FIFTH annual Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Council awards were held in the Adam Smith College, Kirkcaldy, last Thursday evening.

The event honoured the top achieving sports men, women and teams from the central Fife area over 2012 – with nine sports featuring at the awards for the first time.

A total of 12 awards were up for grabs, including the main prize, Sports Personality of the Year, voted for by readers of The Fife Free Press, Glenrothes Gazette and

East Fife Mail.

Ken White, event organiser and secretary of the sports council, said: “To get nine new sports when we’ve only got 12 awards is quite extraordinary.

“It just goes to show the diversity of sport wihtin the local area, and the standard of nominees was once again very high.”

Winner:

The Sports Awards trophies

The Sports Awards trophies

Gordon Moodie, stock car racer

WINDYGATES stock car racing champion Gordon Moodie has added another title to his collection – the Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Personality of the Year.

Moodie (32) won the public vote to claim the top prize at the annual award ceremony, which was held inside the Adam Smith College atrium in Kirkcaldy last Thursday.

The award, which was based on achievements across 2012, saw Moodie up against UK Strongman winner Stephen Cherrie, Scottish darts champion Alan Small and Junior Commonwealth Games fencer Chloe Dickson.

However, Moodie – one of the most successful ever stock car drivers in Formula 2 racing – was a clear winner after winning the National Points Championship for a record eighth time.

Moodie said: “It was great to win, but for me it was more humbling just to be part of such a great event.

“You don’t realise some of the great achievements in sport that are going on in Fife.

“The people I was competing against for the award had done great things in their own sports. I don’t think you could have separated us on paper so I have to thank everyone who voted for me.”

The award capped a memorable past 12 months for Moodie. As well as winning the National Points again, he also claimed the European F2 Stock Car title for the third time, and the Scottish F2 Stock Car Championship for a sixth time.

Runners-up:

Alan Small, darts

ALAN, from Kirkcaldy, won the Scottish Singles Championships trophy last May at Bannockburn, an event that is reckoned to be one of the most difficult to win and one that neither Jocky Wilson, Gary Anderson nor Robert Thornton won in their amateur days.

Stephen Cherrie, strongman

KIRKCALDY man Stephen had an outstanding year in 2012, winning a British Strongman title to add to his Scottish title from the previous year. He has qualified for the Arnold Schwarzenegger World Championships in Ohio this year and his ambition is one day to compete in the World’s Strongest Man.

Chloe Dickson, fencing

GLENROTHES girl Chloe is a UK and Scottish champion and has been selected for the GB Junior Squad. She also had successful outings with the Scottish under 20 squad at the Junior Commonwealth Championships where the Scottish team were crowned champions, while Chloe had an individual 3rd in the Women’s Foil.