Top sporting feats honoured

Lundin Bowling Club's Bill Blair (left) and David Pirie with Rona McCraw of East Fife Soorts Council, receive an award for Lundin gaining Club Fife status.
Lundin Bowling Club's Bill Blair (left) and David Pirie with Rona McCraw of East Fife Soorts Council, receive an award for Lundin gaining Club Fife status.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS of sporting enthusiasts from Levenmouth and the East Neuk have been recognised at a special ceremony.

The East Fife Sports Council annual awards presentation is designed to recognise the achievements of sportspeople in the community.

Local award winners and runners-up were rewarded for success in bowling, cricket and athletics, in the year to January 31, at the prestigious event in St Andrews, attended by over 150 guests.

The evening began with a buffet reception, with Rona McCraw, chair of East Fife Sports Council, welcoming everybody and introducing MC Richard Brickley MBE, of Disability Sports Fife.

The first award of the night went to Lundin Bowling Club, in recognition of gaining ClubFife accreditation.

ClubFife is a straightforward quality assurance system that encourages the establishment and operation of structured, child-friendly and safe sports clubs, with the potential to develop and expand accordingly.

Lundin has been making a dedicated bid to increase its membership, raise the profile of the game and breathe new life into the club.

Among its initiatives was a recent open day which attracted over 50 new adult members, as well as 15 juniors.

A development officer from Bowls Scotland, which oversees the sport in Scotland, said it was probably the country’s most successful membership drive.

Duncan Caithness, sports development officer for Active Fife, presented Lundin club secretary David Pirie and colleague Bill Blair with the accolade, and spoke to the gathering about the Bowl 4 Fife initiative.

Guests were then treated to a preview of a six-minute DVD which has been produced as a training aid and which will be rolled out throughout Scotland.

The EFSC Youth Award was won by Halina Rees, of Crail, a well-known member of Fife Athletic Club.

In the last year, the East Neuk teenager has represented Scotland in age group competitions at a number of events.

Most notably, she won the UK trial for the European Youth Olympic Festival in the 2000m Steeplechase at under-20 level.

Her current best event is the steeplechase, where she is ranked fourth under-20 in the UK at 2000m.

In the under-20 age group 1500m steeplechase, Halina, who was unable to attend the ceremony, is ranked sixth in the UK.

She is also the Scottish under-17 5K Road Race champion, an event where she is ranked first in the UK under-17 age bracket.

Among the runners-up in the team award section, behind Strathmiglo Bowling Club, was Largo Cricket Club 2nd XI.

The cricketers were nominated after being promoted two years in succession, from ESCA Six to Four.

Largo 2nds also won the President’s Plate competition and stuck to their mantra of using able junior players – at least five in the line-up.

One of the juniors, Hughes Gillin, who plays regularly for the team, and 2nd XI captain David Galloway collected the honour on the East Drive club’s behalf.

The women’s endurance team from Fife Athletic Club was also named as a team runner-up, with the awards presented by Keith Matthews, from Michael Matthews Painters.

After the main awards, guest speaker John Wishart gave a talk, aptly called ‘Legacy’, about his personal insight into volunteering and its rewards.

Councillor Margaret Kennedy concluded the evening with a vote of thanks to all the sponsors, prize givers, and everybody else who helped out or took part in a highly successful and entertaining event.