Clegg shortlisted for two Scottish Athletics honours

Paralympian Libby Clegg named on shortlist for both Kukri Athlete of the Year and Haven Para Athlete of the Year awards

Libby Clegg and Mikail Huggins (Mark Shearman)

Sprinter Libby Clegg has been shortlisted for two Scottish Athletics and Jog Scotland awards ahead of the celebration dinner in Glasgow on Saturday.

The Paralympian features alongside the likes of Eilidh Child and Eilish McColgan as one of six contenders for the Kukri Athlete of the Year award, while she also has the chance to retain the Haven Para Athlete of the Year title which she collected from David Weir 12 months ago shortly after winning T12 100m silver in London.

Haven, a social enterprise firm that provides employment and training opportunities to people with disabilities, sponsors the accolade for the second successive year in 2013 and this year sees an all-female shortlist, with Clegg joined by wheelchair racers Meggan Dawson-Farrell and Samantha Kinghorn.

All three athletes have already been named by Team Scotland for next year’s Commonwealth Games and have been included in the latest round of centralised funding from UK Athletics.

After claiming Paralympic silver in 2012, Clegg went on to secure silver in both the 100m and 200m at the IPC World Championships in Lyon this summer.

Dawson-Farrell, meanwhile, has had a successful season despite requiring brain surgery which saw her spend more than two months in hospital at the beginning of the year. Having comfortably met the Glasgow 2014 selection standard for T53/54 1500m, she also won the wheelchair race at the Glasgow Women’s 10k and set a number of Scottish records.

Kinghorn is another Glasgow 2014 selection for 1500m and while the 17-year-old is more suited to shorter races she won the Great Scottish Run 10k with a time that took five minutes off her 2012 effort.

The awards will be handed out at a gala dinner on Saturday evening with Olympic decathlete, Dean Macey, the guest of honour.

» You can find complete shortlists for the Kukri Athlete of the Year as well as age-group categories here

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