North-east sports stars gather for gala night at Aberdeen’s Sports Awards

Neil Fachie and David Florence.
Neil Fachie and David Florence.

Rio heroes David Florence, Neil Fachie and Katherine Grainger were the big winners at Aberdeen’s Sports Awards.

Grainger was named as the Female Achiever of the Year after becoming Britain’s most-decorated female Olympian, with five medals since 2000.

The Male Achiever of the Year award was shared between Florence and Fachie.

There was further success for Paralympic silver medallist Fachie, who was also named the Disability Achiever of the Year.

His double at the ceremony came after he won two gold medals at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Italy.

Canoeing star Florence won silver in the C2 category alongside Richard Hounslow to secure his third Olympic medal in as many Games.

There were plenty of other award winners recognised as the best of the North-east came together for the annual bash, which was held for the first time at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Boxer John Docherty and skiing sensation Hannah Gray were named the Junior Male and Female Achievers of the Year.

The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Bill Berry after committing more than 60 years to judo in the North-east as a competitor, coach and chairman.