Scottish rugby legend George “Doddie” Weir was presented with the prestigious Edinburgh Award 2018 just at the end of last month.
Surrounded by friends, family and familiar faces from professional rugby, Doddie inspected a set of his handprints outside the City Chambers before being presented with an engraved Loving Cup from Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Frank Ross.
The award celebrates the difference he has made to the city, to sport and to Motor Neurone Disease awareness and research.
Doddie becomes the 12th person to receive the city’s biggest annual accolade, following in the footsteps of last year’s recipient Timothy O’Shea (2017) and fellow sporting heroes Ken Buchanan (2015), George Kerr (2010) and Sir Chris Hoy (2009).
The Rt Hon Lord Provost Frank Ross, said: “Doddie is not only an inspiring sportsman but a real champion of MND research, helping to raise awareness through his own Foundation and provide much-needed funds towards finding a cure for this disease.
“He is Edinburgh’s gentle giant, as well-respected and loved by citizens as much as his peers and rugby fans. Doddie really has made an outstanding contribution to sport, to charity and to the Capital. The Edinburgh Award is the city’s way of recognising all that he has achieved.”
The Edinburgh-born 48 year-old began his professional rugby career at Melrose RFC, before going on to become one of the most successful and well-loved members of Scotland’s National Team and for the Newcastle Falcons.
After announcing in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Doddie continues to raise thousands of pounds to help research causes and cures for MND through his charitable foundation, My Name’5 Doddie.
Doddie commented: “I am hugely honoured and humbled to receive the prestigious Edinburgh Award, especially when I see the names of those who have received it before me. Edinburgh has been good to me – it’s where I was born, I was educated at Stewart’s Melville College and began my rugby career here, and of course I have a special connection with Murrayfield.
“The support I have received from all over the world since I shared my diagnosis has been incredible and it has helped drive the work of our Foundation forward as we try to raise awareness around Motor Neurone Disease and help find a cure for this devastating disease.
“Edinburgh has been at the forefront of this support, along with the Borders, and I highly appreciate the efforts of everyone. I am determined that together, we will make a difference.
“I would like to thank the Lord Provost for this honour and foradding my enormous paw prints to the others already there at the City Chambers.”