Kirkintilloch Olympians’ star wins gold volunteer award

Scott Lawrie being presented with his award
Scott Lawrie being presented with his award

A young runner and coaching assistant has become the first person to scoop gold in the prestigious scottishathletics Young Volunteer Awards.

Athlete Scott Lawrie, of Kirkintilloch Olympians, has competed in every age group from under-11s to the senior mens’ category in cross-country, road relays, and track and field.

The 20-year-old began volunteering with the club’s junior section in 2012. He went on to achieve his coaching assistant award and now works with a group of juniors.

Scott also attends competitions to offer encouragement and support to the juniors and their families.

The volunteer awards are part of a programme designed to reward young people who are helping to develop athletics across the country.

Liz Francis, scottishathletics west regional manager, visited Kirkintilloch Olympians recently to meet Scott, who is studying sports and exercise science at the University of Stirling.

Scott said: “It was a surprise to me and I feel privileged to be the first in Scotland to receive the award.

“I’d been at Kirkintilloch Olympians for 10 years and decided I wanted to give somthing back to the club after the support they had given me.

“I enjoy coaching and find it rewarding to see the group progress as athletes whilst also enjoying themselves.”

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