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Nominations open for 2013 Dundee Sports Awards, Regional Coach & Official Awards, DGC2K Win Gold, 'Scary' Taekwon Do, Inter-District Hockey Success, First Aid Football Initiative, Gymnastics Centre Official Opening, Dundee Sport Relief Mile

Nominate Now for the
2013 Dundee Sports Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Dundee Sports Awards.  This is a brilliant opportunity to nominate an individual, team or club for their sporting commitment and achievements over the last 12 months. 

The event will take place on Wednesday 26 February 2014 at the Caird Hall.  The top 3 nominees from each category will be invited along to enjoy the event which will include a 2 course meal, entertainment and the announcement of the winners.

The 2013 Dundee Sports Awards are sponsored by Protecting People in Dundee and Leisure & Culture Dundee is delighted to continue this partnership for a third year.

This year's categories are:
sportscotland Lifetime Commitment Award
Spar Coach of the Year
GA Engineering Community Coach of the Year
Dundee City Disability Sport Jenny Wood Allen Memorial Trophy
Dundee Sportsman's Dinner Young Sports Person  of the Year
Dundee City Council Sports Person of the Year
British Heart Foundation Young team of the Year
ClubDundee Club of the Year
NHS Tayside Young Volunteer of the Year
University of Abertay Dundee Team of the Year
SportDundee Volunteer of the Year

Closing date for nominations is 31 December 2013.  Submit your nominations now!!

Regional Award Presentations

Congratulations to Charlotte Jones & Gavin Cruickshanks from Grove Menzieshill Hockey Club on the presentation of their Regional Awards.

Charlotte has been announced as Performance Coach of the Year through the 2013 Tayside & Fife Regional Coaching & Volunteering Awards while Gavin was named as Official of the Year.

Charlotte & Gavin were presented with their awards at DISC during a club training session by Derek Welch, sportscotland Partnership Manager.

They will now be put forward for the National Awards later in the year along with other regional winners including Martin Harris (Development Coach) from Discovery Junior Cucling Club and Paul McCabe (Young Coach of the Year) from Dundee & District Table Tennis Association. 

DGC2K Win Gold!!

Dundee Gymnastics Club 2K won Gold at the Scottish Gymnastics Team Championships on Sunday 10th November.

The 5-strong team of Dundee gymnasts won the top spot in the Elite Gordon Foster Women's Artistic gymnastics competition beating off a stiff challenge from City of Glagow and 10 other top Scottish clubs. This was the second year running that the club has won this top competition - a measure of the dedication of the coaches and gymnasts involved and the depth of talent in the club. Two younger teams came in the top 10 out of 31 at Level 5 and Level 6.

The club, DGC2K
, has 150 members and runs sessions in Development, Women's Artistic, Floor and Vault, Adult and Tumble Gymnastics. They train at the Dick McTaggart Gymnastics Centre in Dundee which opened earlier in 2013 following complete refurbishment funded by Sport Scotland Facilty Fund, CashBack for Communities and Dundee City Council.
 
Photo;
Left to right, Bea Petersen (Head Coach DGC2K), Jordan Archibald, Kirsty Campbell, Hayley Bell, Sofia Ramzan, Sarah McKenzie, Megan Forbes (Coach) with their gold medals and holding the Gordon Foster Trophy.

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'Scary' Taekwon Do!!

Dundee Wildcats Taekwon Do Club held a Halloween Scary Training Night.  All the instructors & members dressed up and had a fantastic time trick and treating and dooking for apples.

All money raised is going towards helping the club's students compete at the World Championships in Orlando, Florida in July 2014.  The club is looking for sponsors to help them achieve this aim.

If you can help please contact Unity Kane, Secretary on Dundee 350572.

Inter-District Hockey Success

The Midland U16 Boys Hockey Team, coached by Jamie Carnegie, have won the Scottish Inter-District Championship at the new facility of Glasgow National Hockey Centre – the pitch which will be used for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The team put in a string of sparkling performances to bring home the Scottish title with a 100% record – the first time for many years that the trophy has not been won by either of the big guns from East and West.

Co-Captains Cameron Golden & Cameron Griffiths (both members of Grove Menzieshill Hockey Club) are pictured receiving the trophy from Scottish Hockey President Martin Boag.

DSMFL First Aid Initiative

Dundee Saturday Morning Football League are undertaking a First Aid initiative that emphasises all that is great about amateur football and will certainly help promote and foster the game locally.

There are members of the Association who are trained First Aid assessors and provide First Aid training to adults, children and sports injury courses professionally who are willing to give up their time to provide 6 hour+ certified First Aid courses to the DSMFL member clubs free of charge.

Confirmation has been received of a grant from the SFA to buy Resuci- Anne mannequins to facilitate these courses locally. This will assist the Association in a rolling programme of courses every year for member clubs.

There is a requirement to provide First Aid cover at all amateur football games and this is not without its problems in that the course put on by the SFA is £95 per person to attend, usually involves a trip to Hampden and many other clubs & leagues who received this free via the SAFA are now finding that members are either due for renewal or have moved on from their clubs - either to other clubs (which is good for them) or in some cases have left football altogether leaving an unknown level of cover at matches.

Realistically, it is useful to have 2 - 3 people trained in First Aid per club to ensure coverage at a match so with an Association with 34 member clubs currently with two definite enquiries for membership for next season and year on year increases in membership in terms of club and player numbers since initial affiliation to the SAFA in 2009, this initiative is extremely important. It will now ensure that new clubs are all provided with free First Aid course BEFORE they join the Association rather than be given the first years membership to sort this training out.

The Association will be able to provide access to more than one member per club and will log attendance and retain copies of certificates so there is an accurate database of First Aid providers to send annually to the SAFA. DSMFL can also ensure the content of the course is appropriate and can verify attendance and certification.

DSMFL sorted out First Aid training and instruction on defibrillator use last year for 98 players organised through the Scottish Ambulance Service and HeartStart Dundee. This was also provided free to clubs. Additionally, they purchased two defibrillators at a cost of £1600 to use at matches so they have a track record of providing and facilitating First Aid training.

Official Opening of Gymnastics Centre

The Dick McTaggart Regional Gymnastics Facility was officially opened on Sunday 3 November 2013.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison MSP, Olympic Boxing Gold medallist Dick McTaggart, Lord Provost Bob Duncan, sportscotland Chief Executive Stewart Harris & Dundee City Council Chief Executive David Dorward all attended the official opening.

This fantastic facility will hopefully help Dundee's next generation of Olympic hopefuls!!

Dundee Sport Relief Mile

Register now to take part in Dundee's Sport Relief 'Wild Adventure' Mile on 23 March 2014!!

Run through Camperdown Wildlife Centre and see what you can spot while raising money for Sport Relief. Registration is half price until end December 2013 meaning a family of 4 can take part for only £7.50!!

Or, if you fancy more of a challenge, why not register for the 3 mile or 6 mile races?? 

So, what are you waiting for? Register now as an individual runner in either the 1, 3 or 6 mile events or encourage family, friends and fellow club members to make up a team for the event!!

Go to the Sport Relief web-site to register now for the Dundee Sport Relief Mile.
  
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