Local Sports Personalities Recognised at Dundee Charity Dinner
Thursday, 15 September 2016
The 25th Annual Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner took place this week with a lineup of sporting legends as headline speakers and local sports people being recognised for their efforts and dedication to their club.
Steve Davis, six-time World Snooker champion and television presenter, was joined by Kenny Clark, who refereed countless club and international football fixtures in speaking at the event. The charity dinner was once again hosted by the renowned after-dinner personality Willie Allan.
Committee members and sponsors launched a call out this year to the Tayside community to nominate their local sporting heroes and winners were crowned this week.
Mark Stewart took the title of Sports Personality 2016 for his successful year in British Cycling.
Danielle Harrison was awarded the Junior Sports Personality 2016 title for her superb year with British Figure Skating.
The highest honor of the night went to David Stibbles who was presented with the Special 25 Year Award. David earned this title for his commitment to tutoring, coaching and mentoring thousands of kids in sport and Duke of Edinburgh. David is known by friends and colleagues as going above and beyond his official role within Harris Academy FP Rugby Club.
Colin Gourley, Harris president, said: “I have only really known Davie through his capacity in the rugby club but don’t think I have attended a sporting event with Davie, either in Dundee or further afield, where someone hasn’t known ‘Mr Stibbles’ and had warm words to say about him.
“This shows both the respect he has gained but also the high regard everyone who has come into contact with Davie through sport has for him. Congratulations to a worthy winner.”
Gavin Garden, chair of the Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner organising committee, said: “The Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner is a fantastic occasion to celebrate local sporting talent and recognise the effort and commitment of their coaching team.
“We received lots of nominations for the local sporting heroes categories which was fantastic as we pride ourselves on recognising the achievements of our local sports people.”
The Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner, sponsored by local law firm Thorntons, Brewin Dolphin, DWK Office Solutions and Bank of Scotland, not only recognises local sporting successes but also raises vital funds for local sports clubs in the area.
This year’s ceremony raised £20,000 which will support Tayside sports clubs and organisations. Clubs seeking support from the event should visit the dinner’s website www.dundeesportsmansdinner.co.uk to find out more.