NAIRN Boxing Club coach Kevin Brooks has won the inaugural Team Scotland Stars individual award, while Boxing Scotland has finished runners-up in the Group/Organisation category.
Kevin admitted he was shocked to have received the award, which recognised his dedication and selfless actions through the challenging times of the past few months.
With the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic meaning that life is very different for all of us, Team Scotland Stars is a monthly award to recognise those going above and beyond to help others through these difficult times.
The expert judging panel of former First Minister for Scotland, Jack McConnell, badminton star Kirsty Gilmour and Team Scotland Youth Trust Board Director, Denise Holmes had the difficult task of narrowing it down to just four in each of the two categories to go forward to the public vote.
The North District club has been delivering free online Zoom training to the community since the lockdown in March.
“Shocked, I was totally shocked. I didn’t believe it,” the 36-year-old said.
“I haven’t even got a clue who nominated me.
“I was in the garden with my son and my wife came out and said you have won an award.
“I have just been trying to keep active with the local community and make sure the boxers are doing okay.”
As a former soldier who suffered from PTSD, Kevin has also been working with Poppy Scotland over the last few months to help highlight Mental Health issues for ex-servicemen and their families.
The veteran knows only too well how this current situation could be affecting people’s mental health and shares the importance of reaching out, especially when you are feeling low.
He advised: “If you’re struggling to stay positive, get in touch with your mates or track down your former comrades you have served with – this is the time to come together. Find something to do that makes you happy and try to write three things down each day that you are grateful for.”
Kevin beat off competition from James Cairns from Bishopton Military Fitness Club, Lothian Disability Sport Archery Co-ordinator Richard Vallis and City of Edinburgh Volleyball Development Officer Emma Waldie to win the award.
Meanwhile, Boxing Scotland finished as runners-up in the inaugural Team Scotland Stars Group/Organisation category after being noted for our commitment to improving communities physical and mental well-being.
Helping Hands Edinburgh and West Lothian Fencing Club also finished as runners-up, with Falkirk Junior Bike Club picking up the award.