SWIMMING star Emma Russell added more gold to her ever-growing collection as she was crowned Sports Personality of the Year at West Fife’s sporting ‘Oscars’ last night (Wednesday).

The Woodmill High School pupil collected the grand prize last night at the annual Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council Sports Awards.

Emma's name was called on a night where the very best of the area's sporting talent were recognised for their incredible achievements in the past year.

She now joins an illustrious list of winners since the awards were first held 42 years ago. Olympic bronze-medallists Linsey MacDonald and Eilidh Doyle, ex-Scotland rugby union international Craig Joiner, and the late Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winner in badminton, Russell Hogg, are among those to have picked up the trophy, which was won 12 months ago by swimmer Ellie Turner.

Emma, who competes for Heart of Midlothian Swimming Club, fended off competition from Pitreavie AAC 400 metres athlete Billy Doyle and superbike rider Greg Gilfillan in the top category, sponsored by the Press.

She has enjoyed an excellent year in the pool which began with 200 metres freestyle gold and 100m freestyle silver at the Geneva International Challenge.

She went on to collect two Scottish National Age Group Championship titles, earning selection for the Great Britain squad that travelled to the European Junior Championships in July.

Held in Russia, Emma was part of the 4x200m relay squad that won freestyle silver, and followed that up by winning individual 100m and 50m freestyle gold, and 200m freestyle, at the British Summer Championship.

The awards ceremony was held at Queen Anne High School this year with nine accolades handed out.

Another Woodmill High pupil also tasted success as Ben Woods lifted the Young Sports Personality of the Year gong.

He was nominated alongside gymnast Molly McHale, cheerleader Ellie Goldwyre, Dunfermline Tennis Club player Lewis Mackintosh, and Dunfermline Track and Field Club athlete Callum Newton.

The karate kid made history in October as he became the first Scottish competitor to reach the top of the world rankings.

The teenager, a member of the Dunfermline-based JKS (Japan Karate Shoto Federation), reached number one spot in the World Karate Federation (WKF) cadet (for 14-15-year-olds) kumite – 63kg ranking.

Clubs were also celebrated last night and Dunfermline Reign's senior basketball side were crowned as the Benny Hutton Team of the Year.

They pipped Dunfermline Rugby Club’s ladies’ team and Aberdour Shinty Club's men's team to the honour.

Dunfermline Track and Field Club’s under-13 girls’ relay squad was named Junior Team of the Year, racing clear of Robertson Dance Academy’s minis and Aberdour Shinty Club’s Primary 6/7s.

Sponsored by Disability Sport Fife, it was Fife AC star Owen Miller who won the East Kilbride Sports Council award.

Victoria Stephen, of Dunfermline Track and Field Club (DTFC), was crowned Coach of the Year, while Ellen Ranklin, from Lochgelly High, lifted the Schools Ambassador of the Year award.

Ian Jones, a coach at DTFC, and Stewart Rowa Dewar, from Dunfermline Boxing Club, were both winners in the Services to Sport category.

A further two prizes in one more category – the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust Primary School award – were handed to the top-performing small and large schools from points accumulated throughout the year during sports festivals organised by the sports council.

North Queensferry Primary School won in the small section, finishing ahead of Lumphinnans PS in second and Milesmark PS in third.

Dalgety Bay PS were top of the pile in the large category, with St Margaret's PS and Aberdour PS in second and third, respectively.