CAROLINE WEIR says she can’t wait for the rest of 2017 after picking up another honour at a national awards ceremony last Friday.
The Dunfermline-born football star was presented with the Sporting Breakthrough Award at the inaugural 2017 Nordoff Robbins Scotland (NRS) Scottish Sporting Awards in Edinburgh last week.
Scotland international midfielder Caroline, 21, joined some of Scotland’s biggest sporting stars at the awards alongside fellow West Fifers Alison Patrick and Bayside Girls 13s, who were also shortlisted for prizes.
The awards celebrated and rewarded the outstanding achievements of the nation’s exceptional sporting stars from across disabled, professional and amateur sport and Pars fan Caroline was recognised for her performances throughout 2016 as part of the history-making women’s national team.
She was chosen for the award ahead of fellow nominees including Olympic team pursuit gold medal-winning cyclist Katie Archibald, rugby player Blair Kinghorn and double Olympic swimming silver medallist Duncan Scott after helping Scotland reach their first ever tournament finals.
The Liverpool Ladies midfielder was an ever-present as Anna Signuel’s squad qualified for this summer’s European Championships in the Netherlands, where they will play England, Spain and Portugal.
Caroline, who represented Scotland in the Cyprus Cup tournament earlier this month and took her total number of caps to 35, picked up the award having been named Scotland Player of the Year last month and Liverpool’s fans’ Player of the Year last year.
After collecting her award, Caroline said: “It was obviously a big year last year qualifying for the Euros and it’s an exciting time for not only me personally, but both the Scotland and Liverpool squad, so I’m looking forward to 2017.
“Winning the Player of the Year awards was a huge honour, and this is too. I’m very surprised to win this award but very honoured at the same time. It was exciting to see so many sporting successes in Scotland honoured.”
Rio paralympic triathlon silver medallist Patrick, who earlier this month won a UCI Para-cycling Track World Championship tandem sprint silver and tandem 1K time trial, missed out on the Female Parasport Personality of the Year award to Maria Lyle, while Partick Thistle Amputee FC pipped Bayside Girls 13s, Glasgow Warriors and East Kilbride FC to Team Performance of the Year.
Other award winners included Alex McLeish, Dame Katherine Grainger and John Hartson, and the evening raised funds for NRS, the largest music therapy charity in Scotland dedicated to using the power of music to change lives. Their therapists work with people of all ages who are isolated by disability or illness.