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Spirit of Scotland Awards 2004 2004-11-25

Posted by clype in List, Scotland.

Shirley Robertson, the double Olympic gold medal-winner, swapped her sailing waterproofs for a stunning black dress featuring golden-sequined dragonflies last night as she collected theTopScotaccolade at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Dundonian was ‘thrilled’ to claim the prize after beating competition from a host of other distinguished names from the fields of Scottish business, film, politics, sport and art at the annual Glenfiddich ‘Spirit of Scotland’ Awards in Edinburgh.

Ms.Robertson, who picked up her second sailing gold in Athens [2004 Olympics] in the “Yngling” class, scooped the award to honour ‘independent spirits whose work enriches the cultural life of Scotland’, during the glittering occasion at the capital’s Prestonfield House Hotel.

  • The 36-year-old took the top award after thousands of people voted for her asthe figure they judged to be the country’s best ambassador during 2004.

Ms.Robertson, who had travelled from her home on the Isle of Wight for the awards, said:

‘I am really excited to have won this award as it wasn’t expected. I am absolutely thrilled that it was chosen by the people and in a way it means even more to be recognised by Scots when I don’t live here any more’.

The gala evening was presented by Kirsty Young, with First Minister Mr.Jack Mcconnell presenting the “Top Scot” award.

Eight other awards were judged by a panel including: Mr.ohn McGurk (editor of ‘The Scotsman’), Mr.John McLellan (editor of the ‘Edinburgh Evening News’), Mr.Iain Martin (editor of ‘Scotland on Sunday’), Ms.Sally Gordon (‘Glenfiddich’), Mr.Sandy Ross (Scottish Television) and a number of specialist correspondents.

Mr.Iain Banks, the Scottish author, presented the writing award to Ms.Louise Welsh, author of the Glasgow-set “The Cutting Room”, while golfer Mr.Colin Montgomery won the sport trophy and the BBC show “Still Game” picked up the broadcasting award.

Other winners were actor Mr.Brian Cox, who took the screen award, and Mr.Roddy Macleod, the Bagpipe Society’s director of piping in Glasgow, who received the music award.

Mr.Angus Macsween, co-founder of the corporate web design and hosting company ‘Iomart’, won the business category, while Mr.Allan Donald, head chef of ‘Ballachulish House’ in Argyll, clinched the food award. Ms.Fiona Bradley, director of the ‘Fruitmarket Gallery’ in Edinburgh, won the art category.

A spokesman for Glenfiddich said:

‘We are delighted Shirley Robertson won the “Top Scot” award and I hope she feels proud that people have recognised her sporting achievements’.



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