Alex Marshall has been named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year at a special awards dinner tonight after winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games on a day that saw thousands line the streets of Glasgow to pay tribute to the Scotland team on their athletes'parade.
The lawn bowler was appearing at his fifth Commonwealth Games and drew level with sprinter Allan Wells as the most successful Scottish athlete in terms of gold medals at a Commonwealth Games with four.
The 47-year-old partnered Paul Foster to men's pairs gold at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre before both he and Foster secured the fours title alongside Neil Speirs and David Peacock.
Marshall also won pairs gold at Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 and was the captain of the men's team at Glasgow 2014, which also included Darren Burnett, winner of gold in the men's singles.
Marshall, who has 19 world titles in both the indoor and outdoor codes of the sport, was awarded the honour of being Scottish Flag Bearer at the Closing Ceremony in Hampden Park.
Marshall was presented with the Emirates Lonsdale Trophy, along with two business class flights to Dubai courtesy of Award sponsor Emirates, the official airline partner of Glasgow 2014, and a cheque for £1,000 ($1,670/€1,250).
He was shortlisted for the Scottish Sportsperson of the Year alongside swimmer Ross Murdoch and Para-cycling duo Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean.
Murdoch memorably secured gold in the pool at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre when he touched home ahead of fellow home favourite and Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson in the men's 200 metres breaststroke, setting a Commonwealth Games record in the process.
The 20-year-old followed that up with a bronze in the 100m breaststroke and was also part of the Scottish 4x100m medley relay team that set a national record.
Fachie and MacLean teamed up to deliver two track cycling golds for the host nation at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the men's sprint B2 tandem and the 1000m time trial B2 tandem.
Fachie is now the reigning world, Paralympic and Commonwealth champion and the current world record holder in the Para-Sport B Tandem 1000m time trial for visually impaired athletes.
Announcing the award at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow, Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh said: "The last few weeks has given Scotland so many new sporting heroes and great moments that will live on in the memory for years to come, which together resulted in Team Scotland's most successful Games ever.
"Selecting just one winner was an incredibly difficult task, and I am sure we all have our own personal Games highlight, but the achievements of our men's bowlers led by Alex Marshall was quite outstanding and when added to Alex's long list of achievements at world level, it clearly makes him a very worthy winner.
"I am delighted that Emirates are supporting the Lonsdale trophy again this year so we can properly recognise their achievements."
Cyclist Katie Archibald picked up the Sir Peter Heatly Trophy for the outstanding Young Sportsperson of the Year ahead of Para-swimmer Erraid Davies and badminton player Kirsty Gilmour.
Twenty-year-old Archibald won track cycling bronze in the points race and was the leading Scottish rider in the women's road race.
Davies claimed a memorable bronze in the pool to become Scotland's youngest ever medal winner at a Commonwealth at the age of 13.
Gilmour put in the best ever performance by a Scottish female badminton player when she secured silver in the women's singles.
The dinner came after a day of celebrations in Glasgow which saw around 200 of the Scottish team make their way through the city from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to George Square in the city centre where they were greeted by a 5,000-strong crowd waving Scottish Saltires.
The athletes held signs saying "thank-you Scotland" as they made their way through the streets on a fleet of open-top lorries.
Scotland finished fourth on the overall medal table winning 19 gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze medals to total 53, more than double the 26 won in Delhi four years ago.
It also smashed their previous best medal tally of 33 set at Edinburgh 1986, the last time the nation hosted the Games.
Speaking before the parade set off, boxer Charlie Flynn, who won gold in the men's lightweight division said: "It's unbelievable, it's time to reunite with everybody again and see all the faces and get that buzz back.
"All the crowd behind you, it's too good.
"I'm looking forward to hearing the roar of the crowd and the fans, and reuniting with the public and everybody and the noise.
"It's going to be brilliant, I can't wait."
Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond described the parade as a "very well-deserved celebration".
He added: "The parade through the streets of Glasgow today is for the athletes of Team Scotland who, with their record medal haul, should rightly have the chance to party with their supporters and celebrate together in the overwhelming success of the Games.
"I am sure that everyone in Scotland will agree that every single member of Team Scotland, not just the medal winners, has done us proud and there is no higher honour than to represent your country on a global stage."
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