Top shinty award for Lisa
Published: 29 Nov 2007 09:25
ABERDOUR shinty coach Lisa Norman won an award at the sport's annual award ceremony in Inverness on Saturday night.
Lisa picked up a new award for youth, schools and club volunteer of the year at the Camanachd Association bash.
The 28-year-old from Kincardine started Aberdour Shinty Club from scratch in 2001 and the club now boasts upwards of 80 kids and a national profile previously unheard of for an area so far removed from shinty's traditional Highland heartland.
She says in that time the club's "gone crazy" as, alongside under-eight and under-10 teams, it currently fields three at under-12 level, two at under-14 and two under-17 sides.
The under-17s won the South of Scotland sixes and reached the 12-a-side cup final this year and Lisa told Press Sport, "The reward at the weekend tops off the year.
"I was quite taken aback that I had even been nominated.
"I do it because I enjoy doing it but it's quite nice every now and again to get the recognition. You don't do it to expect that so when it does happen it's a nice thank-you."
The weekend was typically busy for Lisa, who combines her job as a sports development officer in Paisley with running the Aberdour club, playing representative shinty and her role as the international co-ordinator for the Women's Camanachd Association.
She represented the South of Scotland in a shinty festival held in Inverness that rounds off the year before attending the awards ceremony in the evening.
Then on Sunday she took a group of 30 Aberdour kids to a Central Scotland Winter League match in Milngavie, before taking them for a Christmas meal, returning home around midnight.