Triple Recognition in the Borders for Libby Clegg

Libby Clegg with Janice Eaglesham in Rio

The fantastic achievements in 2016 of Rio Paralympics double-gold winning sprinter Libby Clegg have been recognised at the Live Borders Celebration of Sport awards held in Kelso on Friday night.

The T11 athlete – whose family live in Newcastleton – won the ‘Disability Award’, voted for by the Scottish Borders Disability Sport Group.

The award for ‘Inspirational Moment of the Year’ was awarded to Borders Paralympians and Olympians with Libby, her brother Stephen and Gordon’s Samantha Kinghorn all receiving a smaller version of the main award to recognise this accolade.

The main award was presented on the evening to Cardrona’s Patrick Wilson, who collected on behalf of all the ‘Rio Borderers’.

The best was yet to come for Libby, as the final award of the evening is the prestigious ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ – voted for by the Borders public. Libby prevailed over the Team GB mountain biker, Grant Ferguson from Peebles and fellow Team GB Olympian Mark Robertson, a silver medallist in the Rugby 7s event from Melrose. The awards have a strong track record of recognising parasport and athletes – Sammi Kinghorn – who also had a fine year in 2016 adding a record time in the Jedburgh 10km Wheelchair Race to her Rio experience – picked up three awards in 2015 including the Personality of the Year title – and further recognition on the evening was given to Kelso Orchard Tennis Club who won the Club of the Year award and run an inclusive and discrete programme of events for players with a disability.

Photos from Event: Phil Wilkinson