Pride of Edinburgh: Terry McCormack nominated

Terry McCormack has been put forward for an award for his work at Lochend Boxing and Fitness Club. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
Terry McCormack has been put forward for an award for his work at Lochend Boxing and Fitness Club. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
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Scotland is full of sporting heroes from Chris Hoy to Andy Murray and now the Evening News is recognising local talent in the Pride of Edinburgh Awards.

Time is running out to nominate people for several awards, with nominations closing on Monday.

Terry McCormack, 49, has been nominated for the Contribution to Local Sport award after setting up the Lochend Boxing and Fitness club with his wife, Jacqui, seven years ago. Since then he has coached Scottish champions such as Keith Ellwood, Paul Appleby and John Thain as well as building up the club’s 250 members.

His student, Dawn Sneddon, 36, nominated Mr McCormack for the award.

Talking about Mr McCormack and his wife, Jacqui, 40, she described them as “warm and welcoming” and “like another little family”.

Mr Mc_Cormack, who took up boxing as a child and then “fell into” coaching, said he was surprised and delighted to be nominated.

He said: “It’s a great sport – it teaches the kids discipline, gets them in shape and there are great opportunities out there.

“We take them from nothing right up and if they really show they want it and they have got the drive we can train them to be professionals.”

The Contribution to Local Sport award is sponsored by the Scottish Government Initiative Fit in 14, and is one of 13 awards including the Bravery Award and Teacher of the Year award in the competition in conjunction with Lidl. Also nominated is 16-year-old Ellie McGinty, of Silverknowes, who is in the running for the Sporting Achievement award.

The Edinburgh Athletics Club star had her world turned upside down last year when she was hit with the news she had type 1 diabetes. She was nominated by her sister, Jodi McGinty, 21, who said Ellie was “totally amazing”.

The high school student has now set her sights on the Commonwealth Games after being selected to become part of the Scottish athletics sprint relay programme and said having the disease should not put anyone off. She said: “I have achieved so much more than what I thought I would so this should not hold you back – you should just go for it!”