Political praise for Elgin Amateur Boxing Club head coach Paul Gordon after Sports Personality Award
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A MORAY boxing coach has been praised by local politicians after receiving a BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Paul 'Ratch' Gordon, head coach at Elgin Amateur Boxing Club, was announced as the winner of the Unsung Hero Award for Scotland on Friday.
The 51-year-old, from Rothes, will now go to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards and join Unsung Hero award winners from Wales and Northern Ireland and 12 English regions for a shot at securing the overall UK title.
Moray's Conservative MP Douglas Ross and SNP MSP Richard Lochhead were both quick to pile the praise on Paul and wish him luck for the awards ceremony, which will take place on December 19 in Salford.
Moray MP Douglas Ross said: “I am delighted that Paul has been recognised for the many years of dedication he has put in.
"It’s clear that his commitment and dedication has helped many amateur boxers at the club, and they appreciate all the coaching, advice and support that Paul provides.
"I’m sure everyone here in Moray wishes Paul the very best of luck at the awards ceremony."
SNP MSP Richard Lochhead added: "I’m delighted to see Paul recognised for his huge contribution to his sport and the support he’s offered boxers in Moray to develop and to achieve their potential.
“This award is a big personal achievement and is richly deserved given his commitment to Elgin Boxing Club and its members.
"It’s great to see someone from Moray scooping this fantastic award and I wish him all the best as he goes forward to the UK wide awards.”