SGA Office Manager Sheila Beattie has been crowned Game Bird of the Year 2015 for her “incredible commitment and enthusiasm”.
The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust presented Sheila with The Lady Scott Rose Bowl earlier this month at the Scottish Game Fair in Scone.
Rewarded for her extraordinary dedication to Scotland’s gamekeepers, Sheila was also praised for the superb work she has carried out on behalf of the SGA, along with colleague Mo Baillie, during the past five years.
Helen Benson of GWT said, “We are delighted to present Sheila with this award which recognises ladies who go above and beyond the norm to support their gamekeepers.
“Sheila supports all the gamekeepers in the SGA and has done so with incredible commitment and enthusiasm. She has become a dear friend to all who know her and is a very special lady."
Helen Benson, GWT Trustee Raymond Holt and SGA Chairman Alex Hogg presented Sheila with her award on Friday 3rd July in The SGA/ GWT tent at the Game Fair along with flowers donated by Game & Country, the main sponsors of the Game Bird Award.
Chairman of the SGA, Alex Hogg, said, “I know that I speak for everyone at the SGA in saying that I am really delighted Sheila has received this recognition.
“She is an inspiration to all of us and it is only through all her diligence and good work that the SGA is on the stable footing it now is.
“Sheila has revolutionised our office, she has struck up a real rapport with members and has developed a great relationship with the staff and everyone at the SGA.
“It is only fitting that she should be recognised for all of that, and for the person she is."
The Game Bird of the Year Award was set up by Lady Scott, a GWT Trustee, to recognise the extensive support of wives/partners/daughters or female friends of gamekeepers across the UK.
Their work on shoots and estates varies widely. Organising refreshments and lunch for shooting parties and beating teams, picking up and beating on shooting days, and helping on the rearing field are all in a day’s unpaid work for many women who help the gamekeeper in their life.