Rugby star Hogg is named sports personality of the year

10/07/13'GLASGOW AIRPORT'All smiles from Stuart Hogg after returning to Glasgow Airport after his tour with the British and Irish Lions.
10/07/13'GLASGOW AIRPORT'All smiles from Stuart Hogg after returning to Glasgow Airport after his tour with the British and Irish Lions.

STUART Hogg took top honours at the Roxburgh Sports Awards.

The 21-year-old added to an unforgettable 12 months on Friday night when he was named the area’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2013.

Former Hawick Wanderers and Greens star Hogg, who now plies his trade with professional outfit Glasgow Warriors, was a mainstay in the Scotland side during this year’s Six Nations competition.

Although he was in action as Warriors defeated Leinster 12-6 at Scotstoun on Friday night – with Hogg kicking a conversion – he sent word to the ceremony at Buccleuch Bowling Club that he was “honoured and very chuffed” to be recognised for his sporting achievements.

“I have been very fortunate in having great support from both the people of Hawick and the Borders sporting community,” he added.

Hogg’s impressive performances earned him a call-up to the British and Irish Lions squad, where he featured in matches against the Barbarians, Queensland Reds, Combined Country XV, ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Reds.

He said: “To be involved in the Lions tour was an amazing experience as I was living the dream. Brian O’Driscoll is my hero so to play alongside him in Australia really helped my game and is something that will live long in the memory.”

Hogg will be looking to continue that fine form in the autumn internationals as Scotland face Japan, South Africa and Australia.

Councillor George Turnbull collected the award on Hogg’s behalf.