Just after recently being named 2018’s Scottish Sportsperson of the Year at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards in September, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Duncan Scott has earned similar high praise from Swimming Scotland.
The 21-year-old versatile Scott was honored with the Nancy Riach Memorial Medal for his impressive summer of swimming, a season which included snagging 100m freestyle gold against home country favorite and 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Scott also earned the 200m freestyle European Championship title shortly afterwards, while also serving as a vital relay member at both competitions.
A student at the University of Stirling, Scott is instrumental in the nation’s learn-to-swim initiative, acting as a Learn to Swim Ambassador for Scottish Water Learn.
Scott’s longtime coach Steven Tigg received an award as well, named British Swim Coaches Association (BSCA) Coach of the Year. Below is Scott speaking to how his support structure and Coach Tigg help drive him to be a success both in and out of the pool.
This year’s Scottish Swimming awards ceremony acted as an induction of several athletes into the Scottish Swimming Hall of Fame. Among the inductees were Michael Jamieson, Robbie Renwick and Caitlin McClatchey.
The entire list of Scottish Swimming award winners, as well as the Hall of Fame inductees can be seen below.
|WG Todd Prize & Cup (Female)||Keanna MacInnes|
|WG Todd Prize & Cup (Male)||Lucas Thomson|
|JY Coutts Award||Stephen Milne|
|Jim Anderson Award for Disability Swimmer of the Year||Toni Shaw|
|Synchronised Swimmer of the Year||Bethany Thomas|
|Eian Prentice Memorial Trophy||Struan Kingdom|
|Denis Sullivan Memorial Trophy||Jamie McCaffray|
|John & Margaret Bell Award||Grace Reid|
|Junior Water Polo Player of the Year||Niamh Moloney|
|The Masters Decathlon Award (Female)||Judy Hattle|
|The Masters Decathlon Award (Male)||Lynn Mitchell|
|John Gunning Volunteer Award – East||Alistair Shields|
|John Gunning Volunteer Award – Midland||Lynn Mitchell|
|John Gunning Volunteer Award – North||David Downie|
|John Gunning Volunteer Award – West||Alison Finlayson|
|BSCA (Scotland) Junior Coach of the Year||Kostas Kalitsis|
|BSCA (Scotland) Para Swimming Coach of the Year||Gregor McMillan|
|BSCA (Scotland) Coach of the Year||Steven Tigg|
|Scottish Water Learn to Swim Service Provider of the Year||Glasgow Sport|
|Club of the Year||Kirkintilloch &Kilsyth|
|Nancy Riach Memorial Medal||Duncan Scott|
Scottish Swimming Hall of Fame inductees:
Kenny Cairns (swimming)
James Clegg (swimming)
Paul Easter (swimming)
Sean Fraser (swimming)
Michael Jamieson (swimming)
Andrew Lindsay (swimming)
Maggi McEleny (swimming)
Caitlin McClatchey (swimming)
Paul Noble (swimming)
Robbie Renwick (swimming)