Oban powers her way to top sporting award
A Balloch schoolgirl making waves in the world of powerboat racing has been named Junior Sports Personality of the Year at West Dunbartonshire’s Community Sports Awards.
Oban Duncan, 12, pictured right, was chosen for the honour after a host of achievements – including becoming the first Scot and first female to be named Powerboat British Sprint Champion – in the male-dominated sport.
Its most famous female exponent, Lady Fiona Colquhoun, who, like Oban, lived on the Lochside at Rossdhu and on the island of Inchtavannach, was a legendary figure in the sport and also won many others.
Oban was one of seven winners at the glittering ceremony at Clydebank Leisure Centre on Friday night, celebrating the amazing level of dedication to sport many residents show.
Osaka Kwai Judo coach, Martin Grainger, was named Coach of the Year, and the organisation also won Club of the Year.
Cheryl Lappin was awarded Volunteer of the Year for her work with West Dunbartonshire Gymnastics Club.
In the Young Volunteer category, Cameron Shaw was praised for his work supporting Dumbarton United, with whom he played while growing up.
Joseph Timney was named Young Coach of the Year, while amateur golfer Lorna McClymont won Senior Sports Personality.
And at the end of the ceremony, two deserving citizens who have proved their sporting worth over decades, were inducted into the West Dunbartonshire Sports Hall of Fame.
They were Commonwealth legend Lachie Stewart, pictured left, who won Gold at the 1970 games, and John Nicolson, founder of D Unit Combat Sports Hub.
The event – organised by West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust and West Dunbartonshire Council – celebrates sports participation, wellbeing and team spirit across the area.
Charlie Gibson, Chairman of West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, said: “It was such a privilege to meet everyone and humbling to be in the presence of such dedicated and committed athletes. Not only have they strived for personal achievements, but many have achieved great things for the community and the residents of West Dunbartonshire too.”
Provost William Hendrie, who is on the board of the Leisure Trust, added: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to our deserving winners.
“The standard of finalists was exceptionally high and every single one of them should be very proud.”
The sports awards were supported by sportscotland, West College Scotland, Clyde Shopping Centre and West Dunbartonshire Club Sport.