September 18, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – Following an exceptional high-jumping season, Trinity Western track and field star Emma Nuttall (Edinburgh, Scotland) was presented with the Eric Liddell Award at the 2013 Edinburgh Sports Awards earlier this month.
The Eric Liddell Award is presented to “an athlete who has excelled in athletics, shown dedication to training and has the potential to be a World Class athlete of the future.” A judging panel made up of members of the Lothian Athletics Partnership chose the winner from all of the athletes nominated.
The award comes in the wake of a 2013 season in which Nuttall captured both a Canada West gold medal, with a conference record jump of 1.85m, which also garnered her the award for the Outstanding Female Performance of the Meet, and a CIS silver medal.
During the outdoor season, Nuttall also won nabbed a gold medal at the British Championships, clearing a personal best 1.87m, which marked the third highest jump ever achieved in Scottish history.
“I feel very privileged to have been nominated for and to have won the Eric Liddell award,” Nuttall said. “It is a great honour to have been recognised as an athlete by my local community back in Scotland. I hope this award is a precursor to a strong international career as a high jumper. Eric Liddell is an idol for many in the world of track and field, especially in Scotland and to be given an award that bears his name is very exciting and I hope that I can prove myself worthy of this award in the years to come.”
Liddell was a Scottish athlete who won the men’s 400m in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. His story was the inspiration for the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire.