Endurance swimmer Colin S Macleod and mountain biker Kerry MacPhee have both been recognised for sporting achievement, during a civic event hosted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to celebrate 20 years of Lewis and Harris Sports Council.

Over £400,000 has been distributed to sports clubs, groups and individuals during the 20 years, and many of those responsible for keeping the sports council going were present at the buffet reception on Wednesday (November 27th).

Convenor Norman A. MacDonald highlighted the work of individuals and coaches who have worked so hard to support the development of sport in Lewis and Harris. Special mention was made of achievements over the last twelve months by Kerry McPhee in mountain biking and Colin Macleod in recognition of his magnificent Minch Swim.

Annette Murray was also presented with a commemorative certificate from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in recognition of the work done by the Sports Council. Among those present was 82-year-old Ethel McNally, a stalwart of both the running and swimming clubs, who still swims and runs regularly.

Awarding a certificate of recognition to Minch swimmer Colin Macleod, Convenor Cllr Macdonald said: “It’s something that many other people wouldn’t even have considered, even in a swimming pool, far less across the Minch, but Colin has shown his determination, having set a goal for himself and really determined to complete it.

“That is something that is very important for all sports people. If you have that determination then you will achieve what you want to achieve.”

Also due to receive civic recognition later this month are swimmer Kara Hanlon and triathlete Christina Mackenzie, both of whom will be given their awards when they return home for the Christmas holidays.

The picture shows those attending the celebratory event, with Annette Murray, Kerry MacPhee and Colin Macleod centre front.