Para swimmer and Gala Academy Pupil, Beth Johnston, became the school’s Sports Personality of the Year following a vote from her fellow peers. A host of nominees were shortlisted for their achievements and dedication, across the sports of: rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, golf and swimming.
The S10 swimmer has risen to prominence over the years through Gala ASC, Lothian Racers DSC and is now a member of the Borders Elite Swim Team – the Scottish Borders composite squad for the best swimmers in the region.
In a town where sporting tradition is steeped, particularly in team sports such as Rugby, football and hockey, this is a significant achievement for Beth and para sport as a whole. Beth is absolutely delighted to be recognised by her peers and is honoured to receive such an accolade.
The young swimmer – who is targeting the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – recently returned from the World Para Swimming Series in Indianapolis, USA with two gold medals and is currently a member of British Swimming’s Para Academy.
The award was presented by Borders rugby legend, Tony Stanger, who attended the ceremony and provided an insight into performance sport.