Andy Murray Named Sportsperson Of The Year

29 September 2016, 06:18

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been named sportsperson of the year at the Scottish Sports Awards in Edinburgh.

The 29-year-old won the accolade following a year which saw him win Wimbledon for a second time, and defend his Olympic singles title with a gold at the Rio Olympics.

More than 50 Scottish Olympians and Paralympians from the recent Rio Games were in attendance at the awards, which were held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

It is the third time Murray has won the top award and he said he was "delighted'' to be recognised once again.

He said: "It has been a fantastic season for me winning Wimbledon and retaining my Olympic title, and I am delighted to be awarded the 2016 Scottish sportsperson of the year award for the third time, particularly given all the incredible performances by other Scots this year.''

It was a successful night for tennis overall, with Britain's Davis Cup team named team of the year and Rio Paralympic gold and silver medallist Gordon Reid winning para-sport athlete of the year.

Rower Katherine Grainger, Team GB's most-decorated female athlete, won the lifetime achievement award while Commonwealth Games judo medallist Stephanie Inglis was named team Scot of the year following her recovery from life-threatening head injuries after a motorbike accident in Vietnam earlier this year.

Paul Bush OBE, chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland, said: "These awards in their new format have been a resounding success as we celebrate what has been a truly outstanding year for Scottish sport.

"The phenomenal achievements of 2016 augur well as we look ahead to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 18 months' time, where many of these athletes will go for gold for Team Scotland.

"A huge thank you to our sponsors, whose support has made this fantastic event possible and enables us to properly recognise the achievements of the individuals, teams and organisations that help to put Scotland on the sporting map.''

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