A successful Scottish swimmer is in the running to be crowned LGBT Sports Personality of the Year.
Martin Cremin, 23, who competed in the 1500m freestyle at the Commonweralth Games for team Scotland, has been nominated for the British-wide award alongside Nicola Adams, Thomas Hitzelsperger and Tom Daley.
Cremin, a former Scottish champion, retired from swimming after the Games and now works in London with the Metropolitan Police.
He admits to being both surprised and honoured by the nomination. Speaking to the Daily Record, he said: ““I found out about a month ago that I had been nominated, and it was a very nice surprise. The nominations are made by the public, and it is a bit of an honour to be alongside the likes of Tom and Nicola.”
In September, speaking exclusively to KaleidoScot, Cremin reflected on the Games in Glasgow and insisted they marked the highlight of his career: “Glasgow 2014 was just incredible. It was a once in a lifetime change and I enjoyed it so much. I just missed out on a place to the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi and from that point on I put everything into making the team for Glasgow in 2014. Once I made it to the pool and heard the home crowd cheering for the first time, it was just amazing. Seeing Team Scotland do so well, with Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch racing were definite highlights for me – I think I lost my voice cheering them on!”
“Glasgow was the centre of the universe for 2 weeks and the atmosphere was amazing.”
He also explained that his sexual orientation has made no difference to his career, and that he believes no-one’s sexuality should be a barrier to achievement. “I don’t think it should make a difference, and I think everybody should have the same opportunities,” he said. “I think it is important for people to speak up and show that you can achieve anything.”
Since retirement, Cremin has found time to undertake some modelling work, featuring on the cover of LGBT lifestyle magazine Attitude. He is also heavily involved in Stonewall’s School Role Models programme, soemthing he is clearly passionate about.
“Appearing on the cover of magazine was great, and it was a nice way to start the year”, he said. “I am also working with Stonewall, doing visits to schools in London. The programme involves sports personalities or people from the media going out into schools to promote LGBT issues”.
The Sports Personality of the Year award will be decided by a public vote, which runs until March 27. To vote, visit: www.britishlgbtawards.co.uk/vote-now-2015.html