Perth swimmer Stephen Milne was named Sports Personality of the Year at the 25th annual Perth and Kinross Sports Awards.
In scooping the prize at the awards ceremony’s silver anniversary, Stephen now has his name alongside previous winners who have gone on to national and international success.
Former champions include Olympic bronze medallist curler Eve Muirhead, Olympic canoeist Fiona Pennie and Walker Cup Team golfers Wallace Booth and Gavin Dear.
This year Milne, who dreams of competing in Rio, was up against athletics stars Eilidh Child and Laura Muir for Sports Personality of the Year 2015.
And Milne emerged victorious after a triumphant year that saw him break the long-standing 1,500m record at the Scottish short-course championships.
He recorded an impressive 14.36.55 to etch his name into the history books, and beat Graeme Smith’s previous record which was set back in 2001.
Milne proved he could spread the distance by also breaking the Scottish 400m freestyle record, clocking 3:40.19.
The prestigious awards are promoted and supported by Perth and Kinross Council, Live Active Leisure and Perth and Kinross Sports Council.
They recognise and celebrate the achievements of local sports personalities in a diverse range of sports.
Awards on the night ranged from School Team of the Year and Coach of the Year to Disability Sportsperson of the Year.
Among the winners were the Pitlochry 10k, which was named event of the year, and Meigle Cricket Club, which took club of the year.
At this year’s event, Commonwealth gold medallist boxer Charlie Flynn, known affectionately for his “the mailman always delivers” catchphrase, was the guest speaker.
Local young people also received their Saltire Awards for completing more than 200 hours’ volunteering in sport in Perth and Kinross.
A full list of winners: Coach Of The Year Philip Carson; Event Of The Year Pitlochry 10k; Club Of The Year Meigle cricket; Volunteer Of The Year Stuart Bonney; Team Of The Year Perth Tennis Club’s U10s; School Team Of The Year Kinnoull Primary Cross Country; George Mortimer Lifetime Achievement Fiona Davidson; Disability Endeavour Winner Jamie Carstairs; Disability Sports Person of the Year Ben Leitch; Junior Male Sports Person Of The Year Ben Greenwood; Junior Female Sports Person of the Year Victoria Murray; Sports Personality of the Year Stephen Milne.
Picture by Phil Hannah