Donald (second left back row) pictured with the other winners

 

Local shinty coach Donald Martin's commitment to the sport on the island has been recognised with a top award.

The man who has been involved with Skye Camnachd for over four decades has been honoured with a Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award.

The 2016 Highland Coaching Awards were held at Inverness Leisure and are run by High Life Highland in partnership with sportscotland to recognise the outstanding contribution and significant impact of local coaches. These coaches enable quality sport and physical activity opportunities to happen in communities across the Highlands.

This year every nomination was in with 2 chances of winning, as each form was submitted to the Highland Awards as well as the National Awards. A staggering 65 nominations were presented which was the most Highland has ever received and it was also the most across Scotland which is fantastic!

The winners were:


Kelsey Christie (Thurso) – Young Persons Coach of the Year
Harry MacKay (Rogart) – Young Coach of the Year
Liz Smith (Nethy Bridge) – Community Coach of the Year
Duncan Flockhart (Inverness) – Development Performance Coach of the Year
Gavin Laird (Inverness) – High Performance Coach of the Year
Stephen Meeks (Inverness) – Disability Coach of the Year
Sarah MacLennan, Megan Stewart & Jade Douglass (Invergarry) – Young Coach of the Year
Ken Ross (Inverness) – Technical Official of the Year
Stephan Walker (Nairn) – Volunteer of the Year
Donald Martin (Skye) – Lifetime Coaching Achievement of the Year