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Finalists 2017

And the finalists for the Renfrewshire Sports Awards 2017 are..




Arthur Smith

Arthur has been a key figure within Kilbarchan AAC for the last 30+ years. Over a long period of time he has coached endurance runners that have come through the ranks and gone on to win high profile events locally and nationally.


David Reid

David has been a coach with Langcraigs FC for over fifteen years and has recently become the chairperson for the whole club. This has included developing new teams within the club at all age bands. He has also been active within his local community sports hub for over four years and continues to drive forward local sport.


Donald McNeil

Donald is a football coach at St Peter’s Football Club in Paisley and is a key driving force within the club. He is the lead coach of two age bands, the 2009’s and the 2012’s. Donald works with 55 players on a weekly basis and he successfully recruits and retains volunteer coaches to work across age groups and provide match day support.




Craig Morton

Craig is the current Youth Convener for Kelburne Hockey Club as well as playing in the 1st team. He has directly coached 2 Scotland players and 10 district players. Craig also plays a key role in mentoring and developing new coaches.


Liam Stevenson

Liam is heavily involved within BasketballPaisley and he is currently the head of centre at the Erskine Eagles, head coach for St Mirren Under 18s squad, assistant coach to the under 16s team, and one of the team managers for the under 12s. Liam has had 2 players selected for GB level basketball in their individual age groups, and he has coached around 15 players who have made it into the national squads.


Susan Wright

Susan is head coach of Clyde Judo Club, a club she set up 9 years ago. She travels across the UK and Europe with her players accompanying them to all level of tournaments. Susan has spent over 30 years involved in judo, and her dedication to the sport and players is well known in the judo community.





 Alexander Watters

Alexander is currently the Competition Manager within the Paisley Piranhas, which is a club who caters for swimmers with learning and physical disabilities from childhood into adulthood. Since Alexander has become the Competition Manager, the club has seen an increase in attendees at Galas and competitions.


Cherie O’Neill

Cherie is one of the lead coaches at an additional support needs community club Fit 4 Sport. She has been an active coach for 7 years, but has shown a great ability and passion for working particularly in an ASN environment. Cherie thrives on delivering new and exciting sports to the children, ensuring they never feel nervous or uncomfortable in these new activities.


Rachel Killens

As a disability athlete herself, Rachel currently volunteers with the Paisley Piranhas. She provides one to one coaching with swimmers who need additional support, whist still swimming with the club herself. Rachel is also involved with other local clubs, delivering various sports to 40+ participants with additional support needs.





Claire Scougall

Claire coaches across Renfrewshire, with a main focus on the Gleniffer area in Paisley. She spends a lot of her time coaching the Paisley Juniors Netball Club, where her teams have been very successful and reached finals of major national competitions. Over the past 4 years, Claire has never missed a session.


Kristopher Cochrane

Kristopher is a sessional sports coach who delivers multiple sports to different age groups in schools in Renfrewshire. He has gained several coaching badges in various sports and he likes to take on new ideas and develop them through his coaching. Kristopher is also a volunteer football coach for a local club.


Lisa Scott

Lisa coaches the Gleniffer Thistle Under 11’s Girls Football team, and has represented the club since it started 5 years ago. She has incorporated different games into drills for the younger members of the club to make football more accessible for all.  Lisa trains with the Under 15’s Girls and pushes every one of them to make the most of their talent.





 Colin Sales

Colin joined Paisley Velo Cycling Club after an accident on his bike in July 2015. Since then he has taken on the roles of member’s officer, online co-ordinator, and ride captain. He volunteers around 10 hours per week with the club. As a result of the new website Colin created and the social media activity that he does, the club has seen a sharp rise in enquiries and new members.


Donald McNeil

Donald spends around 20 hours every week volunteering for St Peter’s Football Club, whom he has been involved with for over 10 years. He was instrumental in helping St Peter’s start their own Netball club, which now has nearly 50 children participating weekly. Donald is also St Peter’s representative for the Paisley West Community Sports Hub, where he holds the position of Treasurer.


Joanne McDowall

Joanne has contributed a vast amount of time to the development of sport within Barsail Primary School, despite her full time role being within Law. She runs the weekly P4-7 after school running club, and took a holiday from her work to accompany the children to a cross country event. Joanne has undertaken various sponsored events in order to raise money for the school.





 Adam Hazle

Adam volunteers on a weekly basis at several sports clubs for Active Schools, working with a variety of ages from P1-7 in a range of different sports. He has worked numerous hours voluntarily to help create a health and fitness app that helps to monitor fitness and lifestyle choices. Adam also volunteers as a young hub leader and is involved with local hubs and club meetings.


Lusia Steele

 Lusia voluntarily delivers school health days, cycling training in Barsail, and is part of the school sports committee. Lusia is in the Great Britain Cycling squad, and gives up countless hours each week to her club Johnstone Jets as a volunteer at weekly training and full day events. She also takes the time to provide presentations to local primary pupils on commitment, dedication and her sport.


Tammy Johnston

Tammy currently voluntarily coaches in several clubs across Paisley, delivering sessions in a variety of different sports. She volunteers on an almost daily basis, and delivers a Young Leadership Award to P6&7 classes at Lochfield Primary School. The award teaches pupils life skills and develops their confidence, organisational skills, and leadership through sport.





 Emma McMillan

Emma volunteers as a dance teacher at St Catherine’s Primary School, and has done for the last 4 years. Last year, Emma ran a dance event for 13 schools, and was actively involved in the event planning and delivery. Her commitment and determination has allowed the dancers to compete in various events and competitions, all of which Emma has played a key role in.


Jeannette O’Neill

 Jeannette is part of the team who deliver events for the British Karate Federation, Scottish Karate Governing Body and the English Karate Federation. She plays a critical role within the team running the British Four Nations and British and Scottish International Opens. Along with this, Jeannette co runs Shitokai Johnstone.


John Rodger

 John has been heavily involved with Kilbarchan AAC for over 20 years. Over the last 10, John has been a vital person in the development of Renfrewshire schools athletics events including cross country, road race and field events. He is also a key person within the Paisley 10k organisational team, and his experience and knowledge is crucial to the smooth and successful running of the event.





 Jack Thomson

Jack has been refereeing at the BasketballPaisley Friday Night Superleague, West Regional Development League’s and various Scottish league games for the past 3 years. He started refereeing at the age of 14, and he has made a positive impact by promoting the officiating opportunity to other club members.


Robert McQueen

 Robert is currently a member of the British Referees Commission, Scottish Referees Commission, Scotland’s Chief Referee, Treasurer of Shitokai Scotland, and Senior Instructor of Shitokai Erskine (6th Dan). He has been involved in refereeing for over 40 years, and volunteers over 20 hours of his time every week. He works to ensure the positive development of Scottish Referees.





 Arthur Smith

 Arthur has been a member of Kilbarchan AAC for over 50 years. Over the last 30 years that he has been in a coaching role at the club, Arthur has worked with in excess of 150 young athletes. Most recently, he has coached current Scottish Internationalist Laura Stark and GB Internationalist Jemma Reekie.


David Barr

 After enjoying Cricket during his time in the Army, David has coached the sport in schools and clubs in Renfrewshire for more than 60 years. Many players and coaches in that time have gone on to represent area groups and Scotland. He also encouraged children to play Football and Table Tennis at schools in Renfrew.


Mark McGee

 In 1999, Mark and a small group of friends formed Thorn Athletic Football Club in Johnstone. Since then, Mark has been a driving force behind the club, which currently has in excess of 100 children playing in various age groups. Some players have progressed to the youth division of teams within the Scottish Premier League. Mark is also committed to the running of the Johnstone Community Sports Centre.






Alan Rice                                             Linwood High School

Amy McCann                                      Renfrew High School

Craig Kennedy                                     Park Mains High School

Eilidh Murphy                                     Gleniffer High School

Franca Paterson                                  St Andrew’s Academy

Gemma Whyte                                    St Benedict’s High School

John Martin                                         Johnstone High School

Mario Girasoli                                     Trinity High School

Rebecca Telford                                  Gryffe High School




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