Newcastle Falcons legend Doddie Weir has been nominated for a prestigious sporting award for his courage in tackling life with a terminal illness.
The 48-year-old former Kingston Park side captain is among ten candidates shortlisted for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year for his appearance at the Scotland versus All Blacks in November 2017.
A 67,000-strong Murrayfield stadium erupted when Doddie, who was diagnosed with incurable motor neurone disease (MND) in 2017, walked to the centre of the pitch to deliver the match ball.
The emotional occasion has been dubbed ‘Giant of a Man’ by the Laureus World Sports Awards as it captures the overwhelming respect shown towards the 6ft 6 ex-rugby player, who has been upfront about his illness and fundraised for fellow sufferers.
Doddie earned caps for Scotland and the British and Irish Lions and also played alongside England stars Jonny Wilkinson and Tony Underwood as part of the renowned Falcons side which won the 1997-1998 Premiership title.
Now, fans can award him another accolade to add to his career by voting his Murrayfield moment as the sporting event of the previous 14 months.
Nine other events are in the running including rugby’s Siya Kolisi’s debut as South Africa’s first black captain and a 69-year-old amputee who climbed Everest on his first attempt.
It is the only category to be chosen by a public vote and will be presented at the ceremony in Monaco on February 18.
Since Doddie was first diagnosed he has been vocal about MND and set up a foundation called My Name’5 Doddie to raise funds for research into the condition and to provide grants to people living with it.
Doddie was made an OBE in the recent New Year Honours list for services to rugby MND research and to the community in the Scottish Borders.
On receiving the honour, he said: “Myself, Kathy, Hamish, Angus and Ben and those involved with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, have received incredible support from the rugby community and the Borders folk since I shared my diagnosis with everyone in June 2017, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing kindness and generosity.”
Fans can vote for Doddie’s sporting moment, here.
Source : Chroniclelive