PAISLEY para-table tennis star Martin Perry won the male Parasport Personality of the Year award at the NRS Scottish Sporting Awards.

Perry edged out his fellow nominees Derek Rae, Micky Yule and Gordon Reid to win the prize last Friday at Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House.

Although he was unable to make the event, Perry sent a video message along to share his delight at winning the accolade.

He said: “I would like to apologise for my absence – I’m not long back from the Italian Open where myself and my teammates won the bronze medal in the team event, and we are in full-time training for the Slovakian open in a couple of weeks.

“I would just like to say it’s a massive honour to be awarded the Parasport Personality of the Year for the males, and to be up against Derek, Gordon and Micky and to come away with the award, is just an absolute privilege.

“I just want to congratulate those guys on having such successful careers to date, and I’m sure they will continue to go from strength to strength.

“I look to follow in their footsteps by going to the Paralympic Games, and hopefully I can be part of Team GB in Tokyo and be alongside these phenomenal athletes.

The night was hosted by TV presenter David Tanner and with musical entertainment from Stephanie Cheape, brought Scotland’s sporting elite together, to celebrate and reward stars across parasport, amateur and professional sport, whilst raising money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins Scotland.

The event in 2017 was the first of its kind in Edinburgh and, along with the SSE Scottish Music Awards held annually in Glasgow, contributes to the £450,000 that Nordoff Robbins Scotland must raise every year in order to reach those who need their services the most.

Most of the charity’s clients are children under 12 and music therapists work with people isolated by disability or illness, whether children with autism or adults with dementia, with demand for the service rising every year.