Graham Boyd from Ayr Curling Club (that's him looking surprised on the right in the photo above) has received an award for his contributions to the sport over many years. At the South Ayrshire Sports Council Awards ceremony held in County Hall in Ayr on May 21, Graham received the Local Service to Sport award.
This is what was announced at the presentation: “Graham Boyd has been a curler for all his adult life. Since 1980 he has participated in coaching curlers. From 1980 until 1983 he assisted other coaches at Ayr ice rink. In 1983 he underwent training and qualified as a Royal Caledonian Curling Club coach. He has been a Grade B coach since that grade was introduced. Grade B is the highest grade for full coach/instructors. In that capacity he has for many years been 'lead coach' at Ayr and has organised and played a major part in coaching classes for beginners, juvenile and adult, and for people who wish to improve their skills. More than 1000 persons have gone through his adult beginners’ courses in 88 such courses. He has held 20 improvers’ courses. All this work has been undertaken in his own time for the love of the game of curling and not for any reward of any kind beyond the satisfaction of seeing his pupils take up the game. He has inspired many persons by his dedication."
Graham also received a sportscotland Local Services to Sport award.
Many congratulations to Graham on this well deserved recognition of what he has done for curling.
May Steel's photo shows various award winners, the chairman of South Ayrshire Sports Council and Graham Boyd on the stair at County Buildings, Ayr.
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