Simply Divine

1111052 SSFF lois devine 'Lois Devine - Winner of the Sports Personality of the Year 2010 - at Shotokan Karate Club, Kirkcaldy
1111052 SSFF lois devine 'Lois Devine - Winner of the Sports Personality of the Year 2010 - at Shotokan Karate Club, Kirkcaldy

A TEENAGE girl from a Kirkcaldy karate club was named the town’s Sports Personality of the Year 2010 at a glittering awards ceremony.

Lois Divine (18) was announced as the winner of the top award at Kirkcaldy Area Sports Council’s third annual event, held at a packed Adam Smith College.

The former Kirkcaldy High School pupil was the winner of the recent Fife Free Press text poll, earning more votes than her three fellow nominees – Commonwealth Games tennis star Mhairi Brown, Scottish ladies rugby internationalist Louise Moffat, and Great Britain men’s hockey forward Steven Dick.

Youngest student

Kirkcaldy Shotokan student Lois claimed the Sports Personality award following a year which saw her travel to Japan for the World Championships where, despite being the youngest in her category, she managed a very respectable sixth place from around 80 competitors.

Lois also won a silver medal at the Turin Cup in Italy in March and matched that at the European Championships in Israel later in the year.

She told SportsPress: “I’ve trained hard so it feels pretty great to win an award.

“It was a wee bit embarrassing seeing my photo in the paper every week, but I’m glad all my friends and family voted for me.

“I’ve been involved in karate since I was four because my dad teaches it. Going to Japan and getting to train with some top guys was amazing.”

Richard Brickley MBE kick-started the evening with an inspirational talk on his many years experience working within disability sport around the world.

A total of 11 awards were then announced by KASC secretary Ken White including a special achievement award for Balwearie High School special needs unit, chosen by MSP Marilyn Livingstone, for the enormous contribution made to the development of junior sport in Fife for athletes with a learning disability.

KASC secretary Ken White said: “It’s really amazing the amount of talent that exists in the Kirkcaldy area.

“This year we had Commonwealth Games athletes as nominees, and our winner took part in world championships.”