Away from the spotlight: Vote for the behind-the-scenes stars who make a difference

Stephen Gallacher (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

SCOTLAND loves our sporting heroes.

Some are household names but many are unheralded, away from the spotlight.

The Sunday Post has once again teamed up with music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins Scotland to celebrate the Scottish Sporting Awards.

This week, it’s time to hail Scottish sport’s unsung heroes, the men and women whose good deeds go unseen.

The winner will be announced on March 23, at a star-studded ceremony at the Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.

In two weeks, we will reveal who will be joining them as nominees for our Male and Female Parasport Personality of the Year awards.

STEPHEN GALLACHER

He spends his days chasing golfing glory on the European Tour.

But Stephen Gallacher doesn’t clock off after he holes out.

While his fellow professionals have put their feet up, the Ryder Cup star is helping the Stephen Gallacher Foundation widen access to golf for kids across Scotland.

The Foundation hopes to set a future major champion on the path to success.

But the main aim is simple – to give more Scots youngsters the chance to enjoy playing golf.

Geoff Brown (Kim Cessford)

GEOFF BROWN

In his time as chairman of St Johnstone, Geoff Brown had a reputation as a tough businessman.

But since handing the reins to his son, Geoff’s kind-hearted side has come to the fore.

Brown opened a Riding for the Disabled Centre just outside Perth in 2015.

The difference it has made to the lives of the disabled riders who use the centre each week satisfies and ensures Geoff maintains a “hands-on” interest.

John McGlashan (SNS)

JOHN MCGLASHAN

To many, John McGlashan was a former football star and manager.

To kids whose lives he changed through his coaching, he was a hero.

The former Montrose, Dundee and Arbroath stalwart’s death last month, aged just 50, drew tributes from across the world of football.

Thanks to John’s work with Dundee charity Showcase The Street, they also came in their hundreds from people across the city. John’s work with disengaged youngster turned lives around, and his legacy lives on through them.

Adrienne Hunter (Sport Scotland)

ADRIENNE HUNTER

She’s the coach who coaches Scotland’s coaches.

But Adrienne Hunter somehow still has the time and energy to be a community champion through her work with Glasgow Fever Basketball Club.

Since its inception in 2010, the club has grown from having 10 members to 300 across women’s, men’s, and junior teams.

Thanks to Adrienne’s efforts, it continues to grow and to provide opportunities for more people of every age to get involved in sport.

 

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