Countdown on to Kirkcaldy & District sports awards

The four sports personality of the year nominees (clockwise from top left) Ryan Oswald (athletics) Connor Law (boxing) Graeme Temple (kuk sool), Martin Hunter (bowls).
The four sports personality of the year nominees (clockwise from top left) Ryan Oswald (athletics) Connor Law (boxing) Graeme Temple (kuk sool), Martin Hunter (bowls).

The countdown is on to the 2013 Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Council awards.

The annual awards, supported by The Fife Free Press Group, is the largest celebration of amateur sport in Fife.

A shortlist has been produced for the top award, Sports Personality of the Year, with the winner to be decided by a text vote in The Fife Free Press, Glenrothes Gazette and East Fife Mail.

Vote for your favourite now using our text service (details below) and you’ll also be entered into our prize draw for a £50 voucher to spend at top Kirkcaldy High Street sports retailer, ACA Sports. Voting closes on Monday, January 27.

Nominations are also open for the other eight award categories, the winners of which will be decided by a judging panel in the new year. All winners and runners-up will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Fife College’s St Brycedale Campus in March.

Sports Personality of the Year shortlist:

MARTIN HUNTER (BOWLS)

Martin, from Burntisland, has been bowling since the age of 12, but his biggest achievements have come in disability bowls over the past year.

He highlights his bronze medal in the Eight Nations Tournament, held in Glasgow in August, as his greatest success in sport to date.

He has also won a variety of club trophies and competitions and is the reigning physically disabled champion and three times Fife champion.

His aspiration is to keep playing bowls for Scotland and hopefully make the 2014 Commonwealth Games squad as well as playing in the next World Championships.

TO VOTE FOR MARTIN: Text FFP SPORT 01 followed by your name and postcode to 61500

GRAEME TEMPLE (KUK SOOL)

Graeme, a martial arts trainer from Kirkcaldy, returned from a trip to the Far East with two world championship medals.

He travelled to South Korea for nine days to take part in three international Kuk Sool tournaments, including the world championships, where he was delighted to win a gold in sparring and bronze in the empty-hand. Graeme will also be attempting to defend his UK Champion title in Liverpool before the end of the year.

TO VOTE FOR GRAEME: Text FFP SPORT 02 followed by your name and postcode to 61500

RYAN OSWALD (ATHLETICS)

Despite being some way off full fitness, Burntisland athlete Ryan Oswald left the rest of the field standing at the Scottish Senior Championships in 2013.

The 24-year-old won both the 100m and 200m sprints at the event in Glasgow to keep himself firmly on track for a place at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ryan had been struggling with a nerve problem in his glute in the build up to the event, but did his best to put the injury to one side.

TO VOTE FOR RYAN: Text FFP SPORT 03 followed by your name and postcode to 61500

CONNOR LAW (BOXING)

Connor is a member of Glenrothes Boxing Club and has been boxing for seven years - but 2013 was his best year to date.

Not only did the 22-year-old win the Scottish 69kg Championship, Connor also went on to secure European titles, returning from both the Lemesia Cup in Cyprus, and the Tammer Tournament in Finland, with gold medals. Connor’s form has made him a leading contender for the welterweight spot at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

TO VOTE FOR CONNOR: Text FFP SPORT 04 followed by your name and postcode to 61500

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Texts cost 50p plus your standard network rate. Voting closes at 9.00 a.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014. Please note if you should enter after the stated closing deadline your entry will not be valid but you still may be charged. For quality and training purposes we may monitor communications. SMS services are provided by Velti DR Ltd SE1 8ND - 02076335000.

Nominate an individual or team for a Kirkcaldy & District sports award:

Nominations are also invited for the Kirkcaldy & District Sports Council awards.

The top award - Sports Personality of the Year - has been put to the public vote but there are EIGHT more categories up for grabs at this year’s prize ceremony at Fife College in March.

Anyone can nominate, so if you are a friend, relative or team mate of someone who deserves some recognition for their sporting achievements in 2013, be sure to put their name forward. You can even nominate yourself! The categories are:

JUNIOR AWARD (under 16 years on Dec 31, 2013) - made to an individual who has achieved a consistently high level of performance over the past year.

YOUTH AWARD (16 years or over on Jan 1, 2013 and under 21 years on Dec 31, 2013). criteria as above.

SENIOR AWARD (21 years and over on Jan 1, 2013) - criteria as above.

DISABILITY AWARD - made to an individual with a disability who has achieved consistently high levels of performance over the past year.

COACH OF THE YEAR - recognises the coaching achievements of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the performance of their club members.

JUNIOR/YOUTH TEAM OF THE YEAR (team members under 21 years on Dec 31, 2013) - made to a team who have had a significant achievement in their sport over the past year and have shown consistently high levels of enthusiasm and dedication. The team will also be affiliated to the sports council.

TEAM OF THE YEAR - criteria as above.

SERVICE TO SPORT AWARD - made to an individual (coach, official or administrator) for their voluntary contribution to sport over a lengthy period and by doing so helped to develop sport locally.

TO NOMINATE: Email ffpsport@fifetoday.co.uk with a profile of the person you are nominating, along with a description of achievements over 2013.

CLOSING DATE: Monday, January 27, 2014.

NOTE: To qualify for an award, nominess must live, or be a member of a sports club, within the following areas: Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Leven, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Thornton, Kennoway, Windygates, Markinch, Leslie, Kinglassie, Cluny, Auchtertool.

WEBSITE: www.kcfsportscouncil.co.uk