Following dozens of nominations from the Scottish sporting community, four individuals and four organisations making an amazing contribution to raising funds, helping local communities and encouraging us all to stay active have been named as finalists for the newly launched Team Scotland Stars awards.
These inspirational finalists are now looking for your vote, with the overall winners to be revealed after voting closes on Sunday 28 June.
Our expert judging panel of former First Minister for Scotland, Jack McConnell, badminton star Kirsty Gilmour and Team Scotland Youth Trust Board Director, Denise Holmes had the difficult task of narrowing it down to just four in each of the two categories to go forward to the public vote.
From an impressive list of deserving nominations, Nairn Boxing Club’s Kevin Brooks, James Cairns from Bishopton Military Fitness Club, Lothian Disability Sport Archery Co-ordinator Richard Vallis and City of Edinburgh Volleyball Development Officer Emma Waldie, who represented Team Scotland at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, are our individual finalists.
The Group/Organisation category was equally hotly contested with Boxing Scotland, Falkirk Junior Bike Club, Helping Hands Edinburgh and West Lothian Fencing Club standing out for their commitment to improving their communities’ physical and mental well-being.
With the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic meaning that life is very different for all of us, Team Scotland Stars is a monthly award to recognise those going above and beyond to help others through these difficult times.
The public vote for our June Team Scotland Stars will remain open until 23.59 on Sunday 28 June. We look forward to presenting our winners with a digital award and, when it becomes possible for groups of people to come together, to welcoming them to a Team Scotland event where they can be presented with a physical prize and receive the recognition they deserve.