Ness girl is given this year’s Donald Stewart Memorial award

The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust 2011 award winner, Kathryn Offer, being presented with the trophy by Triple Gold Medalist, Kirsty Wade, flanked by trustees Margaret Martin, Calum Iain Macleod and Murdo Macleod.

The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust 2011 award winner, Kathryn Offer, being presented with the trophy by Triple Gold Medalist, Kirsty Wade, flanked by trustees Margaret Martin, Calum Iain Macleod and Murdo Macleod.

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The winner of the 2011 Donald Stewart Memorial Trust award is Kathryn Offer, from Galson, Ness.

Kathryn, who is a 6th year pupil in The Nicolson Institute, won the award for her many achievements in the sporting arena, particularly in swimming, but also a wide range of other sports including rowing, for which she has been selected to train in for the 2016 Olympics.

The Trustees were also impressed that she had again been chosen to represent the Western Isles team at this week’s Island Games on the Isle of Wight. Kathryn has also represented the Western Isles team at the previous two Island Games in 2009 and 2007.

Because of the high standard of nominations received this year, the Trust also made an award to a runner-up.

The runner-up of the Trust award is Jamie McIntosh, a 6th year pupil at Sgoil Bhàgh a’ Chaisteil, who was awarded runner-up for a piece of poetry which he wrote and which was subsequently published in the book “Poetry Matters” and also for his work on the Children’s Parliament and as a Youth Ambassador.

Murdo Macleod, Chairman of the Donald Stewart Memorial Trust said: “The Trustees were so impressed with the quality of this year’s nominations they decided to make awards to both Kathryn and Jamie.

“The quality of this year’s submissions is evidence that pupils in the Western Isles Secondary schools are high achievers in both academic and non-academic fields.

We are extremely grateful to the schools for their continuing support with the competition”.

The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust was established several years ago, in memory of the former Member of Parliament for the Western Isles, for the encouragement of education in the Western Isles.

The Trust makes an annual award for, “outstanding achievement” to one pupil in the 5th/6th year classes from across the four six-year secondary schools in the Western Isles.