Glasgow sporting talent celebrated as Olympic hopeful Imogen Bankier was named Sports person of the Year. The 24-year-old badminton star, from the city’s West End took the title at a ceremony in the city Chambers but missed out on the applause as she was training for the London 2012 Olympic Games final trials.
In a video Imogen said the highlight of her career was winning silver in the Badminton World Championships last August. She said: “It is fantastic to be recognised. It is a tremendous honour and I hope it inspires other people to enjoy the sport”.
Imogen started playing badminton when she was 10. She joined clubs at Glasgow High School and Cairns Church in Milngavie, and has represented Scotland 40 times, including at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010. She and doubles partner Chris Adcock, 22, are Britain’s top doubles pairing and 114th mixed doubles pair in the world.
Glasgow Disabled Athlete of the Year
As media partners the Evening Times presented the Young Person, Disabled Athlete of the Year and Volunteer Awards. Glasgow Disabled Athlete of the Year 2011 was awarded to former Special Olympic power lifter Geraldine Fitzsimmons. She has won gold at the Special Olympics, at the UK Championships and at European Level. Geraldine, 50, from the West End has been European Champion twice and came second at the 2009 Special Olympics European Games in Warsaw, Poland.
Glasgow Young Sports Person of the Year
Evening Times Glasgow Young Sports Person of the Year went to Gymnast Douglas Ross. The 18-year-old from Johnstone Renfrewshire joined the city of Glasgow Gymnastics Club in 2005, Glasgow School of Sport in 2006 and was 2011 British Junior Vault Champion at the British Men’s Artistic Championships.
Keith Young 46, from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, won the Evening Times Glasgow Volunteer of the Year Award for being the driving force behind Pollok Cricket Club, and has helped the club develop strong links with the local community.
Glasgow Primary School of the Year
St Thomas’s Primary School in Riddrie won the Glasgow Primary Sports School of the Year for helping its 311 pupils try out a number of different sports. Head teacher Geraldine Parkinson collected the award with P7 teacher Celine McEvoy and pupils Thomas McGoldrick, 10, Trudie Logan, 8, and Stacey Currie, 11.
Glasgow Secondary School of the Year
The Glasgow Secondary Sports School of the Year title went to the Castlemilk High School, which is a gymnastics centre for the area. Glasgow team of the year was Glasgow City football Club, which finished the season 15 points ahead of its nearest rivals but lost out in Club of the Year to recently formed Scotstoun Badminton Club.
Lord Provost Award
The Lord Provost’s Award went to Eastmuir Primary School in the East End where pupils with moderate learning difficulties are given the chance to excel. Depute head at Eastmuir Fiona McLean said: “It is a real Honour.”
Lifetime Achievement Award
Former GB basketball player Willie Cameron, 64, from Bishopton, won the Glasgow Service to Sports award- Lifetime Achievement award for developing basketball.
Student Athlete of the Year
Student Athlete of the Year was awarded to Derek Hawkins, 22 from Elderslie, who balances competing in the cross country events while studying Physiology and Sports science at Glasgow University.
Coach of the Year
Stephen White, who has been coaching disability sport for more than 15 years, is Glasgow coach of the year, and the Leaders special award went to last year’s Sports Person of the Year Ricky Burns.
- Sports person of the year: Imogen Bankier
- Leader’s special award: Ricky Burns
- Lord Provost’s award: Eastmuir Primary School
- Evening Times’ Glasgow Disabled Athlete of the year: Geraldine Fitzsimmons
- Glasgow Service to sport - Lifetime achievement: Willie Cameron
- Team of the year: Glasgow City FC
- Evening Times’ Glasgow Young Sports person of the year: Douglas Ross
- Glasgow Primary sports school of the year: St Thomas’s
- Glasgow Club of the year: Scotstoun Badminton Club
- Glasgow Secondary Sports school of the year: Castlemilk High
- Student Athlete of the year: Derek Hawkins
- Glasgow Coach of the year: Stephen White
- Evening Times Volunteer of the year: Keith Young