Double Delight for Sport Aberdeen

Published on: October 4th 2022

Charitable Trust, Sport Aberdeen is celebrating after a recent awards evening saw them scoop two trophies.

Every year the Celebrate Aberdeen Awards showcases the successes and amazing work carried out by charities, social enterprises, volunteers and fundraisers in the city and the positive, life-changing impact this makes on society.  

Making a return for the first time since 2019, this year’s awards held in late September saw more than 570 attendees, with thirty-three finalists shortlisted across 11 award categories; Sport Aberdeen said it was “truly honoured” to be a winner in two categories.

WeToo! and Sport Aberdeen were named Team of the Year, recognising their strong partnership established to pull together an itinerary of sports activities as part of Summer of Play 2021 – funded by Aberdeen City Council (ACC) – for children with additional support needs.   

The collaboration between the two charities ensured that families were able to access relaxed sessions and meet the Summer of Play criteria for children and young people to ‘reconnect, socialise and play.’

Graeme Dale, Head of Sport and Active Communities, said: “It is always humbling to accept award recognition, and we are absolutely delighted to receive special appreciation for our work with WeToo! 

“WeToo! is a fantastic charity, empowering parents and carers of children with additional support needs, and we look forward to our continued strong partnership working in the future.” 

Sport Aberdeen’s second gong of the night was awarded to Bob Thow for Volunteer of the Year, recognising his commitment to volunteering at Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports Centre weekly, delivering lessons to individuals with additional support needs and private lessons for children aged four or those who are struggling.

Bob also volunteers with the Special Olympics Grampian group, taking them to competitions in the UK and abroad, and he volunteers with the Special Olympics GB team. 

Commenting on his win, Bob said: “I felt privileged to make the shortlist for the Volunteer of the Year category but to win was a complete surprise! 

“I thoroughly enjoy volunteering with Special Olympics GB and with Sport Aberdeen at its Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports Centre – it is so rewarding to watch the individuals I work with flourish and become more independent.

“I really appreciate the recognition of this award.”