Inspiring Aberdeenshire, now in its seventh year with over 200 nominations this year, is one of the council’s biggest annual events. The awards celebrate the achievements and successes of our people across the region who go the extra mile for their communities, often with little official recognition – the unsung heroes!
The Active Communities team were delighted when Aberdeenshire Council Sports Coach Chloe Tough was selected as a finalist for the Local Hero Courage award at the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards 2019. All finalists have a short video made of themselves that is shown at the awards evening to showcase and give a flavour of why they were short listed to the finals list. The filming of Chloe, by Roy Stewart, took place at Mearns Community Campus while she was coaching the weekly class of junior Mearns badminton players.
Chloe was surprised and honoured to be nominated for her work in developing grassroots level sport (especially badminton) within the local rural communities and for all her work in sport whilst battling with joint conditions. Chloe’s courage comes from the way she lives with pain but maintains an active and inspiring life. Her hypermobility leaves her in near-constant pain but her passion is the development of sport at a grassroots level and encouraging young people across the South Aberdeenshire to get active.
A Mearns parent captured the mood of the local community in an email to Chloe’s line manager while sending their families congratulations in for her nomination “Chloé is a wonderful coach and manages the classes in a mature, informative and enjoyable manner. She is a credit to herself and the sport she is promoting. We are lucky to have her….”