One of the best things about being Scottish is that we have plenty to be proud about. Whether it is key figures in the movie, music or art world there are always great names that come up when you think about Scotland.
It doesn’t stop there. There are also a whole host of awesome Scottish sportsmen and women that the entire country should take some pride in.
Here are some of our favourites.
It wouldn’t be a great Scottish sports person list without Andy Murray appearing on it. Often considered one of the greatest, Andy Murray has become the number 1 ranked tennis player in the world, winning some of the biggest titles in the tennis world. Including the Us Open, Wimbledon and the Olympic singles too.
Sir Chris Hoy
One of the most successful British athletes of all time, Sir Chris was awarded his knighthood, thanks to his amazing career. Born in Edinburgh he has won 6 gold medals and 1 silver during his time on the track. His first gold was won in Athens 2004 and then he went on to win 3 gold medals at Beijing and 2 more gold in London 2012. He is now retired and has moved his passion for bikes into the business world.
A fantastic snooker player. John Higgins was born and raised in Wishaw. He has been playing snooker since 1992, and during this time he has won 28 titles, including 4 world championships and 2 master titles. This has all led to him becoming one of the most successful players in the history of the sport.
A legend in the world of motorsport. Colin McRae was known to be a spectacular rally driver that was not afraid to push himself to the limit. During 1995 he became the first British World Rally Champion and was then awarded an MBE after this for his achievements. Unfortunately, Colin died during 2007 after a helicopter accident.
Sir Jackie Stewart
Known as the Flying Scot throughout his career, Sir Jackie Stewart is a Formula One racing legend. From 1965 to 1973 he had an active racing career, winning three World Driver’s Championships, and two second places. Such was his career, that he was even voted 5th out of the 50 top drivers by a journalist.
A middle and long distance runner. Liz McColgan is known for winning gold at the 1991 world championships as well as silver at the 1988 Olympics. Her wins also came in the Commonwealth Games, where she won twice gold. During her career she also won a number of marathon and half marathons too.
Dame Katherine Grainger
The most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games, it is no wonder that Dame Katherine Grainger DBE is on our list. Her medal rush started with silver in Sydney 2000, followed by another two at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. It was during London 2012 that she had her shining moment with a gold medal, before winning another silver at Rio 2016. A rather impressive record, and a definite driving force behind her damehood.
These are just some of the amazing sportspeople that Scotland have been able to produce. With more and more kids getting into sport, chances are that given time, we will see more and more heroes emerging!