A YEAR ago Peebles cyclist Mark Stothart had never even considered a triathlon transition.

Now, he has officiated at over 16 events and completed two himself as an athlete.

And this week he also scooped the award for top official in Scotland.

Mark lifted Official of Year during the Triathlon Scotland Awards on Sunday at Glasgow Caledonian University for his role behind the scenes at many events over the past 12 months.

Mark was originally a keen cyclist before switching to triathlon - quickly becoming active both as an athlete and official.

After completing a course to become an official he regularly ensured that everyone competing got home safely by patrolling the routes on his motorbike or helping with technical support.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mark said: “I had great fun doing the events, and it’s so nice to get some recognition for it.

"One of the most enjoyable aspects of officiating for me is getting to see new people come along and giving triathlons a try.

“Seeing the excitement on people’s faces is a really wonderful sight.

"Even at some of the events for kids I’ve worked at, the sheer level of determination the youngsters are putting in is incredible to see!”

The Triathlon Scotland Awards aim to recognise the work of volunteers who helped advance and develop the profile of triathlon in Scotland.

A total 15 awards handed out to recognise the top athletes, coaches and clubs in the Scottish triathlon community.

Monifieth M3 Triathlon Club was named as Club of the Year, while David MacNamee was crowned Athlete of the Year, and the Event of the Year went to Balbirnie Duathlon at Glenrothes.