Dundee Sports Awards 2010
Following the cancellation of the 2010 Dundee Sports Awards due to the adverse weather conditions at the beginning of December, the event was rearranged and took place on Wednesday 23 February 2011 at the Invercarse Hotel, Dundee.
This was the 10th year of the Dundee Sports Awards and the event is the most prestigious of its kind in the city. The aim of the event is to recognise and reward the hard work, dedication and achievements of athletes, coaches, clubs and volunteers over the previous 12 months.
180 guests attended the event and in addition to the presentation of the 11 trophies, the guests were entertained by 2 guest speakers; Watt Nicoll, a motivational speaker who has worked with famous faces such as Wayne Rooney and David Beckham and; Scott Napier, a Fife cyclist who holds the world record for the fastest cycle of the Pan-American Highway.
The winners of the 2010 Dundee Sports Awards are as follows:
SportTayside & Fife Coach of the Year Award:
- Graeme Brown (Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming & Water Polo Club)
Leisure & Communities Community Coach of the Year Award:
- Kevin Higgins (football)
sportscotland / SALSC Local Service to Sport Lifetime Commitment Award:
- Douglas Fordyce (football)
Leisure & Communities Young Volunteer of the Year Award:
- Natalie Bowie (Salto Gymnastics Club)
Leisure & Communities Volunteer of the Year Award:
- Steven Maloney (Dundee United Sports Club)
SportDundee Young Team of the Year:
- Dundee Eagles Junior Rugby Club Under 16 Team
University of Abertay Team of the Year Award:
- Dundee Gymnastics Club 2K
Evening Telegraph Club of the Year Award:
- University of Dundee Volleyball Club
Jenny Wood Allen Award:
- Ron McIntosh (athletics)
Radio Tay Caring for Kids Young Sportsperson of the Year Award:
- Logan Shepherd (Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming & Water Polo Club)
Redwood Leisure Ltd Sportsperson of the Year Award:
Karly Robertson (Dundee Ice Skating Club)
Giant Heptathlon 2011
This year's local Giant Heptathlon was held at the Douglas Sports Centre on Tuesday 1st February 2011. The event was attended by 8 out of the 9 high schools in Dundee.
Altogether 113 S1 & S2 pupils competed in 7 events which consisted of: step up challenge, bean bag relay, shot putt, hurdles, 60m sprint, triple jump and long jump. The day was split into two parts, the first part gave each school an opportunity to practice each event where they were given coaching by Sports Development Section athletics coaches. The second part of the day was the eagerly awaited competition. Each school competed separately in each event, their scores were recorded and the day was brought to its conclusion by a boys and girls fun relay race.
The event was won by GroveAcademy followed closely in second place by BaldragonAcademy. Both schools were invited to attend the Regional Final which was also held in Dundee.
The Regional Final was held at the Douglas Sports Centre on Tuesday 22nd March and was attended by 1 school from Dundee and 2 schools from Angus. This half day event was closely contested by ArbroathHigh School, WebstersHigh School and BaldragonAcademy. The high standard of all 60 athletes was superb making the event a great success. The day ended with joint winners in BaldragonAcademy and WebstersHigh School. Both schools will go to represent the East Region in the National Finals in Grangemouth on Thursday 28th April.
Dundee Schools Gymnastics Competition
This year's Dundee Schools Gymnastics Competition was held on Sunday 6th February at DISC, Dundee. This is the first year that DISC has been secured as the venue and it proved to be a fantastic addition to the competition.
Altogether 170 kids, split into 49 teams representing 19 schools took part on the day. Gymnasts were selected from their recreational or school classes to compete in the event and performed a short floor routine and a vault. Their scores were added to give them their overall scores.
There were 4 categories to compete in:
Primary Level 1 - Ardler PS Gold
Primary Level 2 - Blackness PS Gold
Secondary Level 1 - Grove Academy Gold
Secondary Level 2 - Baldragon Academy Gold
The top 2 teams in each section then qualified for the Scottish Schools Finals that were held at Bell’s Sports Centre Perth on Sunday 20th March. The competition in the Scottish finals was tough with the top performers from all over Scotland competing. In the end no Dundee Schools came away with a medal but everyone who took part should be proud of their performances and the gymnasts certainly did the city proud.
Dundee Rotary Youth Games
This year saw the 11th, and unfortunately last, Dundee Rotary Youth Games being held at the Lynch Sports Centre. This was a new venue for the event this year which proved yet again to be highly popular with 36 Schools entering the maximum 50 teams.
This proved to be one of the easiest events to organise and run for a number of years now due mainly to the Lynch Sports Centre having 2 completely separate halls, which enabled 2 heats to more effectively run at the same time. Throughout the 10 heats, all of the schools competed against each other in Basketball, Football, Hockey and the ever popular Obstacle Courses with various points being awarded for each activity.
One of the main focuses of the event was to encourage Fair Play, and extra points are awarded to any schools displaying sporting behaviour, which included congratulating the other teams, thanking the referees, team chants and team dances.
The 10 winners from each of the heats were then invited back to compete once again in the Grand Final which was held on Wednesday 26th May. The following Schools were in attendance - Barnhill, Blackness, Craigowl, Forthill, Gowriehill, Mill of Mains, Rowantree, St Andrews, St Ninians and Whitfield.
Craigowl Primary School finally emerged as the 2010 Grand Final Winners
Disability Sport Events
National Junior Athletics Championships 2010
In 2010, the annual Tayside Track & Field Championships included Junior Athletes in the competition; this was due to the developments in athletics that have been taking place in Dundee and Angus.
8 Dundee athletes attended the 4th Scottish Junior Track & Field Championships at Grangemouth Sports Complex on Wednesday 2 June 2010. All 8 athletes were selected to represent the Tayside Team, the first time that any team from Tayside has attended the event and all the athletes carried the flag for Tayside and, indeed, Dundee very well, with 6 out of the 8 Dundee athletes medalling. The results for the Dundee Athletes were as follows:
100m Male—Ben Mcdonald 1st, Hamza Sharif 2nd, Gareth Bell 3rd
100m Female—Suzie Taylor 2nd
200m Male—Ben McDonald 2nd
60m Male—Conor Gablehouse 2nd
60m Female– Suzie Taylor 3rd
Softball—Connor Gablehouse 3rd
Rotary Football Festival 2010
On 19 May 2010, 125 children with a disability from primary and secondary schools across Dundee attended the 2010 Rotary Football Festival at DISC from 10.30am until 3.00pm. All participants took part in skills in the morning consisting of passing, dribbling and shooting. In the afternoon they were then able to put these skills into practice in small sided games.
This event is in its 12th year and has grown from strength to strength. When the event started it was held at GussiePark, however, it soon became apparent that GussiePark was no longer big enough for the amount of schools entering the event. The two astroturf pitches at DISC are now used enabling the primary and secondary schools to use separate pitches. The schools that attend the event come from Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross.
It is particularly pleasing to see more wheelchair users and children with differing mobility issues attending the event. This is due, in part, to the training given by the Sports Development Section to DundeeCollege students in the run up to the event.
Scottish Disability Sport National Football Championships 2010
Dundee has been represented at two National Football Championships during 2010. This representation has been possible due to the football development taking place each week at Soccerworld.
28 April 2010 - Two teams from Dundee attended the National 5-a-side Football Championships in Glasgow. The teams competed in a league event and one team from DundeeCollege progressed to the final and were crowned Scottish Champions.
23 September 2010 - 3 teams took part in the National 7-a-side Championships. The teams played in the Band C and Band D sections. The Band C team progressed through to the final were they beat a very strong Glasgow side. In the Band D section the team progressed through to the final and played a nail biting final against Angus, which they won to become Scottish Champions.
The future for Disability Sport in Dundee is looking very promising and exciting at this point. The Disability Sport Officers now have focus sports that they are developing and the success at the above events is testament to this direction.
Over the next year it is envisaged that there will be more opportunities for athletes with a disability to participate in sport within Athletics, Football, Bowls and Boccia. These sports all have pathways up to and including International selection. The Disability Sport Officers will ensure that all athletes who aspire to any level in the pathway are supported and encouraged to take their particular sport to the highest level possible.
It is envisaged that the programme will grow significantly in 2011 and beyond, therefore giving more opportunities to our local athletes to participate in regular activity and specific events.
Dundee City Disability Sport will celebrate its 30 Anniversary during 2011/2012 and already the plans are taking shape for a week of Sport during the Discovery Games in September 2011. This weeklong event will include the four focus sports during the week. These events will be open to all our athletes.
The whole events programme would not be possible without the support of many individuals. The Disability Sports Officers are particularly proud of the association with DundeeCollege and the students from the NC, HNC and HND Sports Development and Coaching courses. These students receive training from the Disability Sports Officers in Disability Awareness. In return for the training, students attend three of the Disability Sports events, these being: Beginners Swimming Gala, Track & Field Championships and Rotary Football Festival.