Athletes honoured by British Athletics Writers’ Association in London on Friday
Callum Hawkins wins FPSG Scottish athlete of the year awardNovember 5, 2017
Sammi Kinghorn is named para athlete of the year, while Jemma Reekie receives under-20 honour at the Scottish Athletics awards evening
Callum Hawkins has been named the FPSG Scottish athlete of the year at the Scottish Athletics awards dinner in Glasgow.
The Kilbarchan AAC marathoner beat strong opposition for the honour, which he received on Saturday evening after flying in from altitude training in the Pyrenees, following a stellar year which saw him finish fourth at the IAAF World Championships in London and set a Scottish half-marathon record.
Hawkins became the first male to win the award since hurdler Allan Scott back in 2008, with the 2017 shortlist having also featured two-time winner Laura Muir, world para-athletics record-holder Sammi Kinghorn and Scottish record-holders Eilish McColgan and Chris O’Hare.
“I am absolutely delighted to win the FPSG athlete of the year award for 2017,” said Hawkins.
“It’s a great honour because I think everyone knows that Scottish athletes have been performing really well and there are some very talented and successful athletes on the shortlist.
“So thanks to those who made the selection and to Scottish Athletics and their sponsors for the award – the reception on Saturday night at the FPSG awards dinner was a special moment.
“I took a lot of confidence into 2017 after winning bronze at the Euro Cross last December and then running well at Holyrood Park at the start of the year.
“It wasn’t beating Mo Farah, because I don’t think he was really in shape at that time and it would be wrong to claim otherwise, but it was the performance and going so close to winning that day which added to my belief for 2017.
“Then the two half-marathons in Japan and New York set me up for the summer in London. Overall I have to be pretty satisfied with the way the year unfolded.
“Now it is all about getting ready for the Commonwealth Games marathon and seeing what I can do out there in April.”
Making it a double for the Hawkins family, Hawkins’ father and coach Robert landed the performance coach of the year award for 2017.
Kinghorn collected the para athlete of the year award and it was a good night for Kilbarchan as Jemma Reekie received the under-20 athlete of the year award. Philippa Millage of VP-Glasgow was named masters athlete of the year and Joel McFarlane is under-17 athlete of the year.
Scottish Athletics performance director, Rodger Harkins, was part of the selection panel who chose the shortlists.
“Callum is quite new to the event, which is easy to forget,” he said.
“He made his debut in 2015 in the marathon, stepped up to the Olympics and was ninth in 2016, and then was fourth in the Worlds in 2017. It is a meteoric rise in many ways.
“Don’t forget, the period being looked at includes an individual medal at the Euro Cross in Chia, which was a first for a Scot at senior level. And also a national record 60:00 in Japan for the half-marathon – two really good performances. So it is not about just one performances over the year that is being assessed.
“It has also been a post-Olympic year and you would not always expect people to peak again so high and so often in that year. Callum was operating at a high level in 2016 but arguably this year he’s moved it forward again and underlined his global credentials. That’s to his real credit.
“He has great coaching support and family support from Robert and from his brother Derek and the rest of the family and I am sure that has helped, too.
“Unlike a lot of athletes, he seems to intuitively listen to his body and tends to know how he is running without recourse to the watch or to what training partners or rivals are running. What I mean is: he has done a lot of this hard work out on his own.”
2017 FPSG Scottish Athletics awards winners
Official of the Year: Janice MacFarlane
Raymond Hutcheson Trophy for Services to Officiating: Alison Mathieson
Volunteer of the Year: Mark Davidson
The Eddie Campbell Memorial Award: Lynn McKenna
Honary Life Membership: Eamon FitzGerald, David Lothian
Impact Club of the Year: Springburn Harriers
Track & Field Club of the Year: Edinburgh AC
Off Track Club of the Year: Cambuslang Harriers
The Tom Stillie Sword: Mike Johnston
The Dallas Trust Trophy: Zoey Clark
Jogscotland Achiever of the Year: Yvonne Douglas – Alness jogscotland
Jogscotland Leader of the year: Arlene Botha
Jogscotland Group of the Year: Tain Joggers
SAMH Award for mental wellbeing: Jenni-Rees Jenkins
Club Coach of the Year: James Young
Development Coach of the Year: Iain McEwan
Performance Coach of the Year: Robert Hawkins
U17 Athlete of the Year: Joel McFarlane
U20 Athlete of the Year: Jemma Reekie
Masters Athlete of the Year: Philippa Millage
Para Athlete of the Year: Samantha Kinghorn
FPSG Scottish Athlete of the Year: Callum Hawkins