Top shinty award for Lisa

Published: 29 Nov 2007 09:25

ABERDOUR Shinty Club coach Lisa Norman won a new award for youth, schools and club volunteer of the year at the Camanachd Association's annual awards ceremony.

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.

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