Josh Kerr Named Sportsperson of the Year on Night of Inspiration

December 12, 2023

The Scottish Sports Awards 2023, hosted by sportscotland and Team Scotland, took place on Thursday 7 December where the success of individuals, schools, clubs, and teams across the whole of Scottish sport were honoured in an event that celebrated the best of Scottish sport.

Over the course of the last year, Scottish athletes have delivered tremendous success on the world stage, while at home we have seen the huge impact on local communities where schools, clubs, community projects and people are making a difference in sport across Scotland.

Selecting the winners was an exceptionally difficult task this year with historic performances from athletes like Beth Potter, Josh Kerr and Team Scotland’s Trinbago 2023 Rugby 7s, and life-changing work in local communities working hard to make sport and physical activity truly inclusive through winners like Active Life Club in Glasgow and Oaklands School in Edinburgh.

It was also an opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution of two sporting legends by inducting them into the Scottish Sport Hall of Fame – Julie Fleeting (football) and Ronald Ross (shinty).

Chair of sportscotland, Mel Young, said: “A huge congratulations to all the winners at this year’s Scottish Sport Awards. It has been a real celebration of the whole sporting system and recognition of the talent, hard work and dedication it takes to have an impact at every level.

“Every year the Scottish Sports Awards provide us with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the power of sport and its ability to bring the nation together as Scotland’s athletes perform on the world stage, and to support the communities working so hard to reduce inequalities. Every winner at this year’s awards is truly deserving of recognition and celebration and I hope their achievements will inspire more people to embrace sport for life.”

Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland, Ian Reid, said: “This has been a fantastic celebration of a remarkable year of sporting achievement, both from our elite athletes flying the flag at major events and behind the scenes in clubs, schools and communities across Scotland.

“It has been great to continue our partnership with sportscotland to jointly host this inspirational event – working together to celebrate sport across Scotland, from the successes on the global stage to the many local heroes who continue to go above and beyond to help Scottish sport to flourish.

“Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and a huge thank you to our partners and sponsors, whose support has made this fantastic event possible.”

The full shortlist of Scottish Sport Awards 2023 Winners:

Female Athlete of the Year

Katie Archibald MBE (Cycling)

Male Athlete of the Year

Josh Kerr (Athletics)

Para Athlete of the Year

Stephen Clegg (Swimming)

Young Athlete of the Year

Matthew Ward (Swimming)

Team of the Year

Team Scotland Trinbago 2023 Rugby 7s (Rugby)

Coach of the Year

Steve Doig (Athletics)

Scottish Governing Body Award

Scottish Cycling

Club Sport Award

Active Life Club

School Sport Award

Oaklands School

Community Hero Award

Billy Roberton

Sustainability in Scottish Sport Award

Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon

Hall of Fame

Julie Fleeting MBE (Football) and Ronald Ross MBE (Shinty)

Sportsperson of the Year

Josh Kerr (Athletics)

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