Helensburgh sporting highlights of 2012
Helensburgh sailing sensation Luke Patience earned his spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in style. Patience captured silver at the World Championships in Perth to leave Team GB selectors no option but to reward him with the opportunity of a lifetime.
Tennis star Gordon Reid gained his first title on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour by winning the mens doubles at the Melbourne Open alongside fellow Brit Marc McCarroll.
Rhu cyclists led a youthful team to pull off a memorable win at the Strathpuffer 24 event. The team was named '56 combined' in a reference to the total age of the four cyclists and used youthful exuberence to come out on top in the world famous event.
Helensburgh swimmer Duncan Anderson (14) smashed a 12 year record at the swimming junior open meet in Stirling. The 100 metre backstroke record, set in February 2000, was broken by Duncan and managed to gain him a bronze medal.
Helensburgh Bowling Club held its Annual General Meeting and elected Mrs Annette Garrick as president. Mrs Garrick becomes the third lady president since the club adopted equal opportunities. George Sneddon moved to the Immediate Past President office.
Amy McNeill was the sole representative for the Helensburgh Amatuer Swimming Club at the Scottish Schools finals, swimming very strongly and setting a new personal best time.
Rising table tennis star Lucy Elliot became the first player in 11 years to be crowned double Scottish champion at under 15 and under 18 levels.
Helnsburgh made history by winning their first trophy for a decade with an inspiring last gasp victory over Lenzie before moving on to become league champions. The Burgh became West Division Two league champions after an emphatic win over Cumbernauld.
Helensburgh Curling Club's main competition, the James Sharp Trophy, was won by Alan Davie, Ian Chatten, Alastair Woodburn and Ian McCarthur.
The Greens rounded off a perfect season and wrote thereselves into the history books by winning the National Shield in front of a 1000 strong Helensburgh crowd at Murrayfield and securing an unprecedented treble. The Burgh were spurred on to victory by man-of-the-match Jonny Drake who produced a moment of individual brilliance to score the only try of the game which led to a 13 - 7 win for Head Coach Bill Mcdonald's men. The historic win sparked celebrations around the town with the victors receiving a heroes welcome upon return from the National Stadium.
Gordon Reid had a great month by clinching his first of a potentil three medals at Eton Manor this year, the venue for the London 2012 Paralympic wheelchair tennis event. After securing a gold medal in the mens doubles. Reid then secured victory over a world top 10 ranked oponent to seal fifth place for Great Britain at the World Team Cup in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Three students from Helnsburgh won taekwondo medals in the UKTA English Open. Siblings Jarod, Carl and Kirsten Barrett all competed well and won bronze, silver and silver medals respectively.
Former Lomond school pupil Nicola Skrastin was promoted from the Scottish under-21 squad to the full Scottish international squad for five test matches against South Africa.
Tennis ace Gordon Reid claimed double joy after first winning a wild card to play at Wimbledon before celebrating being selected for the Paralympic games in London.
Helensburgh sailor Donald McLaren clinched top-spot at the Sigma 33 Nationals at Dun Laoghaire in Dublin, 50 years after winning his first victory at the age of 18. The victory also meant the town could celebrate a one-two on the podium with Alan Harper, also from Helensburgh, finishing second.
Helensburgh's Anna Burnett showed great tactical knowledge to lead herself and crew mate Flora Stewart to their second consecutive race win at the 470 European Championships in Largs. A risky move at the start paid off and the all-Scottish crew were able to claim victory.
Cove Sailing Club's Mark Bradshaw, managed an emphatic win at the 75th Anniversary Loch Long Week, fighting off challenges from a strong fleet.
Gordon Reid set himself up for the Paralympic Games in September, celebrating a doubles title in the Swiss Open claiming his third ITF 1 doubles title of 2012. The on-form Reid then reached his first Super Series final in the British Open but narrowly lost in an epic battle with Japanese ace Shingo Kunieda.
Sailing hero Luke Patience celebrated his first appearance at the Olympics by winning a silver medal. Rhu man Patience, who started sailing at the Royal Northern Yacht Club, vowed to return for gold in Rio.
Helensburgh sailing stars, the McLarens, won the sought after West Highland Yachting Week Family Trophy in their Sigma 33 Sigmatic, racing with three generations of family aboard. Donald McClaren also finished second overall in class 6.
Former Helensburgh star David Sterry moved closer to full-time professional rugby by securing a move to Italian club Rugby Villorba. The 19-year-old was Helensburgh's top points scorer in the previous season.
Gordon Reid reached the quarter-finals of both the singles and the doubles at the Paralympics. Both Reid and Luke Patience then joined the rest of Scotland's London 2012 heroes for a homecoming parade through Glasgow to celebrate the summer success.
Helensburgh Amatuer Swimming Club boys captain Jon Law completed a clean sweep of golds during the West of Scotland Federation for swimmers with Disability meet at the Tryst Sport Centre in Wishaw before winning three gold medals at the discovery games in Dundee. Jon managed six gold medals as well as managing five personal bests in Wishaw.
Helensburgh's Eva Rankin celebrated winning two rowing golds at the World Championships by rowing the length of Loch Lomond to raise funds Loch Lomond Rowing Club.
Gordon Reid continued a great run of form by winning his first Super Series title. Reid and Stephane Houdet eased into the final before beating second seeds Agustin Ledesma and Eliecer Oquendo to win the title. This first Super Series win has came in a month where Reid also retained both the singles and doubles titles at the PTR Championships in South Carolina.
The summer season came to a stop at Cardross Golf Club with three finals taking place. Joe Rowan won the gents single, whilst Alan MacFarlane and Darren Wilson emerged victorious in the gents four ball and Steven Scott and Isabel Cullen came out on top in the mixed foursomes.
The Lomond and Helensburgh joint youth rugby team won the Regional Bowl after victory against Shawlands Academy in the final, meaning they were only two steps from the national final at Murrayfield.
Members of Craighelen Tennis Club got to grips with the re-layed tennis courts at the club, which were proving very popular.
Gordon Reid brought his wheelchair tennis season to an end with a second place finish in the Invacare Doubles Masters in Amsterdam with partner Ronald Vink.
The inaugural Helensburgh Advertiser Sports Personality of the Year was launched with Gordon Reid, Chris Black and Luke Patience making up the shortlist for reader's votes.
Helensburgh Rugby Club named Ian Wragg as the first team's new manager to replace David King who had decided to step down.
Chris Watson, a member of Stephen McLaren's kickboxing and taekwondo club in Helensburgh, won his debut full-contact fight in Glasgow's QMU.
Eight-year-old golfer Aidan O'Hagen cut his handicap to 23 and aimed to cut it to scratch by the age of 12.
Helensburgh Rugby Club went the whole month without a match due to the frozen pitches caused by the winter weather.
This article appeared in Helensburgh Advertiser 03 Jan 13