Prestonfield’s Liz shortlisted for award

Prestonfield Golf Club’s Liz Taylor has been recognised for her work in junior golf participation after being shortlisted in the Scottish Women in Sport Awards 2015.


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Prestonfield Golf Club’s Liz Taylor has been recognised for her work in junior golf after being shortlisted in the Scottish Women in Sport Awards 2015.

A previous winner of the RBS Volunteer of the Year award now has a chance to be crowned the SSE People’s Champion at a gala dinner at Hampden Park later this month.

This award is presented to person or group of people who in the opinion of the panel works tirelessly in the background to support Scottish women in sport, whether a parent, teacher, coach or mentor supporting an individual or a group.

Liz has spearheaded a transformation of Prestonfield Golf Club’s junior section since becoming ClubGolf Coordinator in 2013, building a team of equally enthusiastic coaches who have taken junior membership from single figures to the current 178, of which 40 are girls. In addition, she has brought women into the game and club through the Get into Golf programme.

Speaking about her nomination, Liz said: “It is fantastic to be nominated and recognised for the work. I’m so chuffed!

“It is not just about what we have achieved with children either, we’re getting women involved too. They’re seeing there’s more to golf than 18 holes, that they can come along for 9 or 12 holes, and then socialise afterwards.

“There’s a culture change in golf, and after taking a bit of a back seat for a few years behind other sports, it is now back in the mix with the work people have been putting in behind the scenes. The emphasis is definitely shifting, families are now getting involved, and we need to continue working and do more."

The 2nd Scottish Women in Sport (SWiS) Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 20th November at Hampden Park, Glasgow is hosted by sports broadcaster Alison Walker, and will celebrate, recognise and reward the achievements of female athletes, support staff and volunteers with eight awards up for grabs.

For more information and tickets, visit scottishwomeninsport.co.uk or contact Maureen McGonigle, Scottish Women in Sport on scottishwomeninsport@gmail.com

Good luck Liz!

Those shortlisted on the night are:

SSE – 2015 SWiS Champion
Georgi Black (Weightlifting)
Marion Gillies (Shinty)
Jackie Turley (Ice Hockey)
Liz Taylor (Golf)

RBS – 2015 Sportswomen of the Year
Laura Muir (Athletics)
Danielle Joyce (Swimming)
Sammi Kinghorn (Wheelchair Racing)
Lynsey Sharp (Athletics)

sportscotland – Young Sportswomen of the Year
Maria Lyle (Athletics)
Erin Robertson (Swimming)
Jenny Holl (Cycling)
Rebecca Ogilvie (Slalom Canoe)

Purple TV – 2015 Best Team Performance
Murrayfield Wanderers Ladies (Rugby)
Glasgow Mid Argyll Ladies (Shinty)
Scottish Thistles (Netball)
Commonwealth Games Youth Team

McCrea Financial Services – 2015 Coach of the Year
Rachael Ewing M Day (Hockey)
Jane Gibson (Slalom kayaking)
Ann Dickson (Swimming)
Stephanie Norris (Tennis)

Altiumi10 – 2015 Best Newcomer
Laura Muir (Athletics)
Sammi Kinghorn (Wheelchair Racing)
Louise Revell (Wild Water Racing)
Michelle Brand (Powerlifting)

The National – Official of the Year
Barbara Morgan (Hockey)
Andrea Lockhart (Cycling)
Sarah Wilson (Hockey)
Amanda Boucher (Gymnastics)  

Winning Scotland Foundation – Role Model of the Year
Aminah Din (Football)
Sammi Kinghorn (Wheelchair Racing)
Chloe MacLean (Karate)
Amanda Bocher (Gymnastic)

Liz Taylor pictured above receiving the RBS Volunteer of the Year award at the 2014 Scottish Golf Awards.

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