The first ever Black Scottish Awards take place in Edinburgh at the end of the month, and we are proud to be playing our part as a category sponsor for the Sportsperson of the Year award.
The Awards, which will be held at the Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel in Edinburgh on Saturday 28 October, will celebrate the contribution of Black ethnic minorities to Scottish life and culture.
The Sportsperson of the Year award will be contested by two exceptional finalists: athlete Berachiah Ajala and women’s rugby player, Panashe Muzumbe. Bera is the current Scottish U20 triple jump record holder, while Panashe is the first black woman to play rugby for Scotland. Panashe is also a former member of sportscotland’s Young People’s Sports Panel.
Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the Sportsperson of the Year category at these important new Scottish awards.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to proactively engage with more diverse communities who contribute so much to the sporting sector in Scotland, and Scottish society more widely.
"It’s going to be a terrific celebration and I wish all of the finalists the very best of luck.”
The Black Scottish Awards have been created by Enoch Adeyemi, Founder and CEO of Black Professionals Scotland, who are organising the event. Enoch has lived in Scotland for over two decades and has seen the attainment levels of the black population grow over that time, starting successful businesses and building successful careers across many sectors. Enoch was keen to recognise these achievements to inspire future generations and so The Black Scottish Awards were born.
Enoch said: “The Black Scottish Awards is more than just a celebration of excellence. It is a chance to honour our ancestors, rejoice in our present, and inspire our youth to dream big.
"We are pleased to have sportscotland join us on this journey of celebrating Black excellence in our nation.”
Over 200 people will attend the sold-out awards ceremony representing the individuals and organisations who have contributed to the development of the country in many areas including arts, business, education, entertainment, health, law, media, science, technology, and more.
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