What does the Andrew Smyth award mean to its recipients?

Jennifer Smyth presenting the Andrew Smyth Award to Greg Drummond, Olympic Silver Medallist.
Jennifer Smyth presenting the Andrew Smyth Award to Greg Drummond, Olympic Silver Medallist.

Forfar’s very own Olympian Greg Drummond was honoured last week to receive the prestigious Andrew Smyth Award.

The honour is given to those who have enhanced the reputation of Forfar through their achievements in any field.

Drummond won a silver medal with the Team GB’s Men’s Curling team at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, alongside teammates Scott Andrews, Tom Brewster, Michael Goodfellow and skip David Murdoch, in February.

The 25-year-old, who opened Forfar’s Marafun event in May, was thrilled to be presented the award by Jennifer Smyth at a special reception in the Canmore Room in the Municipal Buildings on Thursday evening.

And the Olympian believes the recognition from his home town of Forfar means that little bit more than the numerous gongs and honours he has collected since his triumphant return from Russia.

Speaking to the Forfar Dispatch, Greg said: “I am very honoured to receive such a prestigious award as the Andrew Smyth Award.

“There have been some very worthy recipients of this award down the years, so for me to have my name alongside them is very special.

“I have been fortunate enough to have received several awards on my return from the Olympics but any time your home town recognises your achievement, it is that little bit extra special.”

Drummond first appeard in international curling for Scotland in the 2007 World Junior Curling Championships, helping the team finish sixth, before making an appearance at the European Junior Curling Challenge in 2009.

He represented Great Britain in the Winter University Games in Erzurum with skip Glen Muirhead, finishing fourth.

Greg helped Tom Brewster to the Scottish Men’s Curling Championship in 2011 as Tom’s third, then added a second title the following year.

They finished second in the 2011 and 2012 World Men’s Curling Championships and collected the Edinburgh International title on the World Curling Tour in both 2011 and 2012, again as Tom’s third.