Scottish FPSG Athlete of the Year short-lists revealed

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FPSG Athlete of the Year for 2018 Laura Muir with her coach, Andy Young, who won the Performance Coach of the Year title last year. Photo: Bobby Gavin

Six of Scotland’s top stars are in the running for the FPSG Scottish Athlete of the Year award for 2019.

It looks like one of the toughest decisions in recent years with success being achieved at international level across the disciplines.

Jacob Adkin and Andy Douglas won the European Championship and World Mountain Running Association World Cup respectively and give hill running a third of the representation on the six-strong list.

Callum Hawkins set the Scottish Marathon Record before finishing fourth in the IAAF World Champs in Doha – where Jake Wightman set a Scottish Record in the 1500m.

Hawkins came agonisingly close to grabbing a Marathon medal at the World Championhips. Photo: Bobby Gavin

Dundee Hawkhill Harriers duo Eilish McColgan and Laura Muir complete the list with Eilish having set Scottish Records on the track and on the road and Laura of course having won an unprecedented ‘double double’ when successfully defending her 1500m and 3000m titles at the European Indoors in Glasgow.

World finalist McColgan has grabbed PBs in six distances this year. Photo: Lissgphotography

The winner will be announced at the FPSG Awards Dinner in Glasgow on Saturday 23 November when Paula Radcliffe is Guest of Honour.

Our Performance Coach of the Year short-list features four names and includes Robert Hawkins and Andy Young, both of whom have won this award in recent years. They are joined by Liz McColgan-Nuttall and Sophie Dunnett, (who coaches World Cup winning hill runner Andy Douglas).

World gold medallist Liz McColgan-Nuttall embraces with her daughter Eilish after a tough European 10,000m Cup race. Photo: Lissgphotography

In the Age Group Athlete of the Year lists, there’s a family double for the Calverts from Livingston with European U20 finalist Sarah on a short-list of three at U20 and Isla among a trio of contenders at U17 level.

The FPSG Para Athlete of the Year short-list will be compiled and made public following the World Para Athletics Champs in Dubai from November 7-15 (although athletes on a provisional ‘long-list’ have been advised they are in contention).

(Short-lists in alphabetical order)

FPSG Athlete of the Year 2019:

Jacob Adkin (Keswick AC)

Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde AC)

Callum Hawkins (Kilbarchan AAC)

Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

Jake Wightman  (Edinburgh AC)

Performance Coach of the Year:

Sophie Dunnett

Robert Hawkins

Liz McColgan-Nuttall

Andy Young

U20 Athlete of the Year:

Sarah Calvert (Livingston AC); Gavin Drysdale (Red Star AC); Praise Olatoke (Kilbarchan AAC)

U17 Athlete of the Year:

Isla Calvert (Livingston AC); Kirsty Costello (Kilbarchan AAC); Reuben Nairne (Giffnock North AC)

Masters Athlete of the Year:

Colin Donnelly (Cambuslang Harriers); Philippa Millage (VP-Glasgow); Alastair Walker (Teviotdale Harriers)