Haven Sponsors Para Athlete Of The Year Award
Social enterprise firm Haven was the proud sponsor of the Para Athlete of the Year Award at this year’s Scottish Athletics awards celebration.
The winner of the prestigious title was Libby Clegg who has picked up silver medals at the last two Paralympics – and now has the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games firmly on her mind.
The sprinter was named Haven Para Athlete of the Year at the annual awards ceremony - with the presence of David Weir, who won four gold medals at London 2012, making the presentation adding to her excitement.
Clegg won a silver medal in the T12 100m in London in September, competing with guide runner Mikhail Huggins. And, with the hard work for next season and 2014 already started, she was thrilled to accept the Haven award from Paralympic icon Weir.
Libby said: “It has been an amazing few months but I don’t think something like this is just about that – I see it as a reward for years of hard work and dedication.
“To receive it from David Weir definitely made it that but more special for me. He is such a big hero of mine.”
Libby, who attended the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh and whose family are based in the Scottish Borders, added: “I am pleased Haven sponsored the award. Sponsorship is so important in sport.
“I know they are a company who employ people with a disability in Inverness and Glasgow. It is good they are giving people an opportunity just as we must give athletes with a disability an opportunity. That’s something David Weir has championed for a while.”
David Whyte, director of Haven, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Haven Para Athlete of the Year 2012. A key part of our mission at Haven is to support disabled people to help them achieve their goals by providing employment and training and preparing them for job opportunities in mainstream employment.
“All of the athletes short-listed for this award are a true inspiration to both the disabled and the non-disabled and show just what can be achieved with hard work and determination.
“Our congratulations go to the winner of the award, Libby Clegg, whose dedication and will to succeed has made her one of the top athletes in Scotland and a role model to so many in overcoming challenging obstacles to be the very best.”
Despite London 2012 being such a recent memory, Clegg has already got her next ambitions clearly targeted.
“I have World Championships in mind for next summer but Glasgow 2014 is a really big part of my plans at this moment, too,” said Libby.
“The big thing for me is that my event is included in the Commonwealth Games programme which means I am entitled to run. London for the Paralympics was fantastic and I’m sure there will be full stadiums in Glasgow as well.”
Owen Miller of Dunfermline and West Fife AC and Robert Ferrol of Shettleston Harriers were the other two athletes to make the short-list for the Haven award.