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Article Date: November 29, 2001 | Publication: Glennfiddich | Author: Press Release

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The winners of this year’s Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony held at The Arches in Glasgow on November 29th.

For an amazing fourth year running the most sought after accolade of Top Scot was given to a woman, Author, JK Rowling, scooped the Award following in the footsteps of previous winners Kirsty Wark, Sharleen Spitiri and Katherine Grainger the Olympic rower.

Established to recognise individuals who lead the way in various aspects of Scottish culture the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards cover - Food, Art, Writing, Music, Sport, Screen, Business and Top Scot.

The full list of this year’s winners is as follows:

TOP SPOT - JK Rowling (Writer).

Rowling's work has gripped the nation in a way seldom experienced. Adults and children throughout the world have been waiting in anticipation for the young character central to her work make his way from the pages of a book onto the big screen and only a few weeks ago he did, as Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone hit cinemas across the UK. One of the greatest talents to work in Scotland in recent times.
FOOD - WINNER Craig Stevenson, Braehead Foods.
Craig's company specialises in supplying top-quality home grown Scottish produce the length and breadth of the nation. Not only does it provide some of the finest game in the country Braehead Foods is also the only breeder of the much sought after Scottish Guinea Fowl.

FOOD - RUNNERS-UP David & Hilary Brown.
This couple ran one of Scotlands most resevered restaurants for over 25 years. An inspiration to professional chefs and home cooks alike they are an example of what can be achieved through hard work.

SPORT - WINNER Alain Baxter (Skier).
Alain has achieved the highest world ranking of any Briton in his sport. At the age of just 16 he was selected to the British Alpine ski team, starting his ten-year battle to reach the pinnacle of his field. Now he enters the 2002 Winter Olympic season ranked 11th in the world.

SPORT - RUNNER-UP Peter Niven (Jockey).
Peter has defied numerous injuries, including a broken neck, to become the first Scot in the history of national hunt racing to ride 1,000 winners. He also has a host of other achievements under his saddle, including being the only jockey to ride five winners at four separate meetings.

SCREEN - WINNER Gerard Butler (Actor).
Tipped to be set to fill Sean Connory’s shoes as the next 007. Suave star of the big screen’s Dracula 2001 and the popular American TV mini-series Attila this has undoubtedly been a big year for Gerard.

SCREEN - RUNNERS-UP Saul Metzstein, Jack Lothian, Angus Lamont (writer, director, producer of Late Night Shopping).
A team effort from a group of guys who have helped to reinvigorate Scottish cinema with their debut film Late Night Shopping.

ART - WINNER Kenny Hunter.
A Glaswegian whose exhibitions gain huge acclaim and whose public works, such as the recent Citizen Fire-fighter redefine the contemporary sculptural monument.

ART - RUNNER-UP Graham Fagen.
Graham's latest project looks at the connections between Burns, Scotland and Jamaica. Working in a mixed form of film and photography he highlights the everyday existence of humanity in some of the most intangible situations. His recent exhibition at The Imperial War Museum - a video piece titled theatre - was created in response to Kosovo.

Perhaps Scotland’s most popular band today Travis have sold millions of albums, collected a host of accolades, including a Q Award and now add a Spirit of Scotland Award to their collection.

Nikki can lay genuine claim to being young, beautiful and talented. Daughter of Jazz scene stalwart Freddie King she claimed the Perrier Young Jazz Singer Award earlier this year and has since seen her career soar.

Creator of Inspector Rebus - now also a star of the small screen. Ian continues to combine critical acclaim with popular success.

WRITING - RUNNER-UP Gregory Burke.
Gregory has carved an impressive reputation as one of the country’s most promising writers. His first play, Gagarin Way, was a huge hit at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was voted the best new show on the fringe. It has now transferred to London and as theatre-goers country wide eagerly await his next work.

BUSINESS - WINNER Ivor Tiefenbrun.
Linn Products produces what many regard as "perfect" products. Originally the manufacturer of the countrys finest turntables for vinyl records Ivor his taken his company forward to create world-class hi-fi systems and is now extending his reach into a much greater number of export markets.

The runner-up in the business category has seen her company turnover grow by over 25% in the past year. A qualified nurse and midwife she established her own agency ScotNursing in 1987 to supply nursing staff to hospitals and homes. This year ScotNursing opened a new £1 million headquarters in Old Kilpatrick and plans are underway to open four new recruitment centres to cope with demand.

Elizabeth Lafferty, PR Manager for Glenfiddich in Scotland said: "This year's Spirit of Scotland Awards was an amazing event. Compered by Stuart Cosgrove and Kirsty Wark it showcased the incredible wealth of talent that exists in Scotland today. For our Top Scot, JK Rowlings, this has been an astounding year. Her wonderful talent for story writing has been showcased both at home and abroad and she has become a true ambassador for Scotland. The Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards is growing in stature year on year and we are consistently astounded by the wealth of talent that originates here. This year the standard of nominations has been exceptional and we have received a record number of votes.

Unlike many other awards schemes it is actually members of the public who decide the eventual winners of the Spirit of Scotland Awards so those that collected Awards can lay real claim to being Scotlands heroes."


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