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Angus Youth Awards 2022 - Sports category results

Young people were nominated in our Sports category because they have 'Shown commitment and dedication to sports'.  Members of our Angus Young Scot Media group had the very hard job of picking 3 entries to go through to the final stage! A winner and runner up were then chosen by a panel of Mark Armstrong, Depute Chief Executive for Angus Council, Councillors Mark McDonald and Lynne Devine and Pauline Rettie, Communities Officer for Angus Council. 

In this category we have chosen to make a special mention too - read on to hear more!

Winner : Gabby Winton

Gabby swims for Arbroath St Thomas and since March this year she has represented her club at 3 National Meets and 2 International Meets, taking a National Bronze Medal for 200m Breast. She is Club Captain and assists poolside with the younger swimmers, volunteers to time-keep at galas and is about to become a fully qualified swimming teacher.  All this despite having undergone spinal fusion surgery in 2018, followed by the pandemic.  She has achieved so much and is an inspiration to anyone with a disability.  She has also completed her Scottish Swimming Young Ambassador's course through the club and is representing her school this year at Tayside Schools Swimming Gala and has offered to help out at the same Gala for the primary children.  I believe she truly deserves the recognition for the hard work, dedication and passion she puts into her sport.

“It is incredible to see you demonstrate such massive commitment to sport, in spite of the factors that may have proved barriers to your success.  In addition to this you go above and beyond to help other young people participate in sport which is an achievement in itself.  Well done.” Award judges
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Gabby Says:

"I’m delighted to have been chosen as the recipient of this years Angus Youth Award for Sport. Swimming is a huge part of my life and has benefitted me so much, not just physically, but also mentally and socially. I hope that I can inspire anyone else living with a disability or about to embark on major surgery like I was, that you can do anything and be anything you want, with determination and positivity – and a great team of supporters behind you! Thank you!"




Runner Up : Beth Greig

Beth is 22 years old and has Down’s syndrome, she has qualified to represent DSS-GB at the Down Syndrome World Championships in Portugal next month.  She has qualified for 6 swims.  She is one of only 3 swimmers from Scotland and 1 of 30 from Great Britain, Beth has had to show dedication and commitment to reach the tight qualifying times set by Team GB.  She trains with St Thomas 4 times a week and does gym/fitness work 4 times a week too.  She also attends swim camps run by Team GB all over the UK.  Beth trains with a mainstream club and shoes that inclusion can work when given the chance.

The judges were incredibly impressed by the commitment Beth has shown to swimming which has resulted in her achieving such phenomenal success at a professional level, representing her team and country on a national and international basis.  They recognise the huge personal sacrifice Beth has made to achieve this - well done!

Beth Greig

Beth would like to say

“Thank You, it’s so nice to be recognised for this achievement”






Special mention - James Byres


The judges were blown away by the incredible James Byres, who was nominated twice!  James is our youngest ever nomination - let alone shortlisted young person!  This was an incredibly difficult category to judge, with James coming in behind Gabby and Beth due to the extent of their sporting achievements.  We have no doubt we will see James nominated again but in the meantime we wanted to share with you how fantastic he is :)

James is care experienced and supports other young people having a hard time, empathising with them and supporting them when they are having a hard time. This includes other children that are care experienced, sharing similar experiences and also those who are not, perhaps when they are missing their parents. He is an excellent role model and supports conflict in the playground through being a playground buddy. Younger pupils look up to James.

James also won our school Senior sports award at sports day in June and was extremely humble about this, demonstrating our school values. James is a keen ice hockey player and is doing very well at this but again, is very humble in his achievements.  James is extremely sporty and runs fast and enjoys football at school, however, he is rarely part of the arguments that can arise.

We are extremely proud of James and feel he deserves recognition for the wonder pupil that he is.

James Byres

Our message to James :

The judges were incredibly impressed with not only your personal achievements but the way you help others.  You have shown great commitment to encouraging and supporting other individuals on a personal level as well as encouraging them to become involved in sports they are interested in.  

Congratulations on your achievement and on behalf of those living in Angus, thank you for helping others.