Elderslie’s long distance runner Callum Hawkins missed out on the Male Athlete of the Year award, but there was joy for local footballers Chloe Arthur and Joanne Love at the at the 2017 Team Scotland Scottish Sports last Thursday.

Paisley’s Love and Arthur from Elderslie, were part of the Scottish women’s football team that won the Team of the Year award after having a standout 12 months.

Swimmer Duncan Scott won the Male Athlete award, with Hawkins up against boxer Josh Taylor and tennis ace Andy Murray.

Love and Arthur were part of a very successful qualifying campaign which saw the Scots win seven of their eight games to take their place at Euro 2017, their first ever major championship.

Improving with each game throughout the group stages, they ended their campaign on a high with a 1-0 win over higher ranked Spain, missing out on progressing to the knockout stages by a single goal.

The team now turn their attentions to qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.

Elderslie runner Hawkins won individual bronze and team gold medallist at the European Cross Country Championships in December. Callum started 2017 by becoming the first British athlete to beat Mo Farah for seven years when finishing second at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country.

He continued this rich vein of form, setting a new Scottish half marathon record in Japan in February.

At the World Championships in London in August he put in the run of his life to take fourth in the marathon, equalling the best result ever by a British athlete.