Richie Berrington - The Pride of Inverclyde

27 Feb

From The Greenock Telegraph

Richie Berrington HeadshotThe stars came out to honour the cream of Inverclyde's sporting world at a packed annual awards ceremony.

Big names from television and sport were out in force at Greenock Town Hall on Friday evening for the Inverclyde Sports Personality Awards 2012.

Eight prizes were handed out to the district's top competitors over the past 12 months.

Around 280 people attended the glitzy awards dinner, with Greenock cricket ace Richie Berrington winning the coveted Senior Sports Personality Award.

Such is the success of the Glenpark and international all-rounder, he was unable to pick up his prize, sponsored by the Greenock Telegraph, in person.

The 25-year-old is currently with the Scotland squad in Dubai preparing for a busy and important month of matches.

So it was down to the former Greenock Academy pupil's overwhelmed mum Sandra to receive the prize on her son's behalf.

She said: "It was a very proud moment. There was such a lot of wonderful talent in the category so it was absolutely overwhelming for me to hear he had won.

"Richard himself is very humble and doesn't expect awards like this at all - he doesn't give himself credit for what he has achieved.

"This award will help keep his confidence up out there in Dubai in some very important games."

The night kicked off with a champagne reception and it was then over to host for the evening, Port Glasgow TV presenter Jean Johansson, to introduce the guest speakers, and Provost Robert Moran, who welcomed everyone along.

There was music from the talented Inverclyde Schools Jazz Orchestra and an inspiring talk from guest speaker, Dunfermline FC legend and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman.

Richie Berrington

Among the other high-profile guests present were Waterloo Road star Shane O'Meara, ex-Morton and Aberdeen legend John McMaster and chairman of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Mike Cavanagh.

During the evening Paralympic swimming legend Margaret McEleny was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award while another inspirational swimmer, Port Glasgow schoolboy Kyle Brotherton, was named Disabled Sports Personality 2012.

Cricket Scotland Chief Executive, Roddy Smith was full of praise for the talented Scottish batsman, “Richie’s hundred against Bangladesh in 2012 was an innings of the highest quality.  To score a hundred against a test side, in just 57 balls and set up the victory, was a significant achievement and ranks amongst one of the best innings ever played by a Scot in international cricket.

Richie has developed into one of the country’s leading players and we are delighted that his efforts have been recognised by Inverclyde.”

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