Athletics official Liz Scott from Gatehouse was recently honoured for her contribution to the sport at a gala dinner in Glasgow hosted by Scottish Women in Sport (SWIS) with the ‘Official of the Year’ award.
Sixty-one year old Liz first took up officiating at athletics meetings when her daughter Jane took up the sport 25 years ago. She has worked her way up the ladder as a Scottish Athletics graded official. She has officiated at everything from grassroots leagues to Scottish Championships to this summer’s Commonwealth Games where she was chief field judge for the horizontal jumps. She also worked at the London Olympics in 2012. Although thrilled to be nominated to carry the Queen’s Baton, Liz realised the date clashed with her holiday in Spain. But Liz was not going to miss out on the honour so flew back home on the day to take her turn carrying the baton at Gretna before flying back to Spain to resume her holiday!
Her daughter Jane nominated Liz for the award and she was surrounded by her family at Hampden Park last Friday evening.
Liz said: “It was both emotional and exciting as all my family were there and it was only afterwards I was told Jane nominated me.”