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LOCAL STARS: Coach of the Year Mark Nisbet from Forfar Farmington is pictured here with Sports Personality of the Year Greg Drummond.'photosonlocation.co.uk

LOCAL STARS: Coach of the Year Mark Nisbet from Forfar Farmington is pictured here with Sports Personality of the Year Greg Drummond.'photosonlocation.co.uk

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FORFAR stars led the way at the 17th annual Angus Sports Awards ceremony last week.

Greg Drummond of Fothringham Curling Club was crowned Sports Personality of the Year, while Mark Nisbet of Forfar Farmington took the award for Coach of the Year.

Greg took his award after becoming Scottish Champion for the second year running in 2012 and representing Scotland at the World Championships with his team finishing as runners-up.

Angus Provost Helen Oswald presented Greg, who has also represented Europe in the ‘Ryder Cup’ of curling against the North Americas and Canada, with his award.

Greg has now become a professional athlete with the Scottish Institute of Sport and hopes to be selected to represent GB in the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2013.

Mark was named Coach of the Year, sponsored by Coaching Angus, for his work with Forfar Farmington. Mark led his team to second place in the Scottish Women’s Premier League and runners-up spot in the Scottish Cup Final in 2012, with the team also reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup.

His coaching has seen six players in the current national team programme and he was named National Coach of the Year at the Scottish Women’s Football Awards in November 2012.

There were yet more awards to come for Forfar Farmington, however, when Abbi Grant won Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Abbi was selected to be part of the successful Forfar Farmington squad in 2012 at the age of 16. She also played for Scotland at the European Championships at Under 17 level and moved up to the Under 19 squad playing in all their European Championships qualifying matches and scoring one goal in 2012.

The national team have now qualified for the Tournament phase of the competition in 2013.

Forfar Farmington were also shortlisted for Team of the Year with the award eventually going to the Angus Ladies County Golf Association – County Team.

The team won the Northern Division Jamboree at Monifieth, to qualify for the Scottish County Finals in Montrose during 2012 and became Scottish County Champions by beating the three other finalists from south, east and west - the first time Angus have achieved this in 103 years.

Duncan Reid of Tayside Special Olympics collected the Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability, sponsored by National Oilwell Varco in partnership with Angus Disability Sport. Duncan has competed at many national and European Games over the years.

In 2012, he was selected for the European Games in Cyprus and justified his selection by winning gold in the team and bronze in the doubles events.

The Service to Sport Award, sponsored by Angus College, went to Winston Webber of Arbroath and District Athletics Club who has been involved with sport for many years and the club for over 20 years.

Winston has coached many athletes to National Squads and Amateur Athletic Association level during this time and he is also Chairperson of Arbroath and District Athletics Club.

Finally, a new award added this year was School Sport Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Angus Active Schools.

The winner of this award was Ally Vannett of the Monifieth Cluster who has volunteered as a basketball coach of various age groups across the cluster, taking teams to local, regional and national competitions.

The ceremony was hosted by Radio Tay and Angus Recognition Awards were presented by Angus Council leader Iain Gaul to Carnoustie athlete Eilish McColgan, although she was unable to attend the ceremony due to training commitments, who represented Team GB in London 2012 and Monifieth resident Ged Curran who umpired the Men’s Hockey Final at the London 2012 Olympics.

Giving the vote of thanks, Angus Council vice-convener of Neighbourhood Services Jeanette Gaul said: “It is fantastic for us to be able to host the Angus Sports Awards ceremony as a huge thank you to our local sports volunteers, and to celebrate sporting achievements across the county.

“We would like to thank all those who made nominations for the awards and all the sponsors who helped us stage this successful event.”

She added: “We would like to thank Angus Disability Sport, National Oilwell Varco, Angus College, Radio Tay – Cash For Kids, Coaching Angus, Angus Active Schools, Strathmore Mineral Water Company, Auchterhouse Country Sports and McDonalds who all sponsored the Angus Sports Awards ceremony, and Angus College students who provided the catering at the event.”