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Last Updated: Monday, 26 November 2007, 09:47 GMT
Basketball coach is Unsung Hero
BBC Sport Scotland's Unsung Hero 2007
A basketball coach from East Dunbartonshire has been announced as the winner of the BBC Sport Scotland's Unsung Hero award for 2007.

Jim Lay from Lennoxtown, gives up his time to coach at St Maurice's Basketball Club in Cumbernauld.

Jim, who is a school teacher in Oban, makes the two hundred mile round trip twice a week to take the voluntary sessions with the youngsters.

He wants to see the young players make the step up to international level.

Jim was nominated for this year's Unsung Hero award by Lisa Palombo who is a PE teacher at St Maurice's High School.

He and Lisa will now make the trip to the BBC's annual Sports Personality of the Year awards at the NEC in Birmingham next month as Scotland's representative in the national Unsung Hero award.

"I'm really excited by it," Jim said.

"That's because we say here, that if we have a success, be that individual or a team success, it's a shared success for everybody.

"So I see this very much as recognition of the work we all do as volunteers within the club and on a wider scale, volunteers in general throughout the country."

Jim Lay - BBC Sport Scotland's Unsung Hero 2007
Jim receives his award from Liz McColgan

The two-and-a-half hour regular round-trip Jim makes to help coach at the club was not lost on the four-strong judging panel.

The judging panel included former World and Commonwealth champion Liz McColgan, who was the Scottish ambassador for the Unsung Hero award along with BBC Radio Scotland's Sports Weekly programme.

Also on the panel were BBC Scotland head of sport, Ewan Angus, BBC sport producer Donald Garden and Ken Cunningham, the chairman of the Education Broadcasting Council for Scotland.

"Encouraging all these kids into basketball is tremendous, not just for Cumbernauld, but for the whole of Scotland," McColgan said as she presented Jim with his well deserved award.


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