Friday March 31st 2023
Lasswade gymnast Tilly Bee won SPOTY 23.
After a gap of 4 years due to Covid the Lasswade Sports Personality of the Year awards were back with a bang last night.
Mark Martin, former pupil and breakfast show presenter, returned as the very enthusiastic host. The Gary Lineker stand-in must surely be in line to present the BBC version next time.
Lasswade really know how to put on a show and SPOTY 23 did not disappoint. Lots of hard work and effort by the PE department and Judith Clyne-Parker of Midlothian Active Schools produced a great night.
Up for grabs were awards for player of the year in a variety of sports, team of the year, 2023 performers, house champions, coach of the year, staff volunteer of the year, pupil volunteer of the year and of course Sports Personality of the Year.
Mark Martin interviewing the captain of the Girls Senior Football team who won team of the year.
The SPOTY awards celebrate and recognise the depth of sporting talent within the school in all years.
Dance was also on show with a stunning energetic opening of the evening by The Titans from KIC Dance and then The School Dance Club performed an entertaining routine after the interval.
Three professional sports people were on hand to help with the awards night. Host Mark Martin asked the trio for their advice to the young sports people in the room.
Scott Bain Celtic goalkeeper said:
“It is the setbacks that will push you to get to the next level. Sometimes the best thing to do is to get a bit disappointed as that will spur you on to better things.”
Kirsty Howat professional footballer for Rangers said
“The Women’s game has grown so rapidly, to be a young girl playing football is so exciting. I went to university, became a PE teacher and then got my break to play for Rangers.
“Do get nervous. It is important. Nerves can get you before a big game but when you go out onto the pitch just enjoy it.”
Edinburgh Rugby player, Matt Currie centre for Edinburgh Rugby.
“Friends were and are a massive part of my sports career. I play my best rugby when I enjoy it.”
From right to left the professional sports people, Matt Currie, Scott Bain and Kirsty Howat.
Nominated for the main award of Sports Personality of The Year were golfer Megan Fallon, gymnast Tilly Bee, rugby player Gregor Allan and Jake Robb footballer.
Over a 1,000 pupils and teachers voted and the winner of SPOTY 2023 was Tilly Bee
Lasswade Head Teacher, Campbell Hornell, spoke at the end of the night and said to the audience of 200:
“These evenings are about young people. You have seen the huge range of talent. Supported by people in the room and people outside. The school is extremely grateful for all the teachers, volunteers, parents and the parent council, and their continuing support.
“Huge congratulations to Tilly, a very worthy winner.
“I must also mention Miss Kirsty Robertson. As a pupil in 2016 she was the first SPOTY winner and now seven years later having trained as a teacher she has now returned to the school to teach in the PE department. A great demonstration of what can be done.
“There is a great atmosphere at Lasswade High School and it is a confirmation of our school values. If we live and breathe them then good things will happen.”
The Titans from KIC Dance opening the show.
The photographer for the night was Lee Live and all photos from the night are available on his website HERE.
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