The countdown is on to the 2014 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.
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 Fife College’s St Brycedale campus in March.
KIRKCALDY & CENTRAL FIFE SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR:
JOHN THOMSON (ATHLETICS)
Glenrothes veteran athlete John Thomson had had an amazing year on the Masters circuit with medal-winning performances at World and European level.
He kicked off with gold in both the 800m and 1500m events at the Scottish Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
He replicated that at the British Indoors at Lee Valley before picking up a silver at the World Indoors in Budapest.
Outdoors he added to his medal haul with 1500m gold in the Scottish Championships and a silver medal in the European Championship 1500m in Turkey.
To top off his year he was awarded Scottish Athletics ‘Masters Athlete of the Year’ award at the association’s annual awards dinner at Hampden Park.
TO VOTE for JOHN: Text FFPSPORT01 followed by your name and postcode to 65550
LESLEY MACDONALD (NETBALL)
Lesley MacDonald had an unforgettable year as she realised her life’s ambition by captaining the Scotland netball team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Kirkcaldy girl led her country to fifth place in their Pool A group, finishing in ninth place overall after a 46-28 win against Trinidad and Tobago.
The 34-year-old then announced her retirement from international netball after the Games following a 16-year career that saw her earn a record-breaking 127 caps.
For goal-shooter Lesley, the path to the national team started at Capshard Primary School when she first joined an after-school netball club.
She is now among the group of elite netballers in the world who have achieved more than 100 caps.
TO VOTE for LESLEY: Text FFPSPORT02 followed by your name and postcode to 65550
LIZ ANDERSON (FOOTBALL)
With the women’s sport in Scotland developing at a rapid rate, East Fife Ladies FC are amongst the multitude of clubs really on the up.
This has been achieved in no small part to the influence of player/manager Liz Anderson who this season guided the club to a Second Division title and promotion.
The club had been undefeated all season until their final game.
In 2012 Liz was named winner of the Scottish Football Association’s east area Best Volunteer in Girls’ and Women’s Football Award in the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards.
She has been instrumental in implementing a school to club programme that involves creating formal ties with the local schools in the Levenmouth area.
TO VOTE for LIZ: Text FFPSPORT03 followed by your name and postcode to 65550
CHLOE DICKSON (FENCING)
Glenrothes teenager Chloe Dickson is one of the bright up and coming prospects in British fencing.
She highlighted this by making a stunning impact at the fencing equivalent of the Commonwealth Games (the sport is not included in the actual Games) where she was a double silver-medal winner despite being one of the youngest competitors.
Chloe was part of the five-strong Scottish woman’s foil team that claimed silver with a great victory over England in the semi-finals followed by a defeat to champions Singapore in the final.
The 18-year-old caused a sensation in the individual women’s foil defeating higher ranked fencers - including Scotland’s number one Lisa McKenzie - on her way to the final where she lost out to Wenying Wang from Singapore to claim the silver medal.
TO VOTE for CHLOE: Text FFPSPORT04 followed by your name and postcode to 65550
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Nominations are also now being sought for the 2014 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 the 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 2014, be sure to put their name forward. You can even nominate yourself!
The categories are:
JUNIOR AWARD - (under 16 years on Dec 31, 2014) - 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, 2014 and under 21 years on Dec 31, 2014). Criteria as above.
SENIOR AWARD - (21 years and over on Jan 1, 2015) - 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, 2014) - 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. No age limit.
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: A nomination form can be down downloaded from the KCFSC website at www.kcfsportscouncil.co.uk. Please use the form provided and ensure that your contact details have been completed. When completing the form please ensure that you provide as much information about the nominee as possible and not just an event(s) and date(s). This is for the benefit of your nominee(s) as this will be the only information that allows the judges to make their decision. You can make multiple entries in as many categories as you wish.
CLOSING DATE: Monday, January 26, 2015.
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.