This week we have been revealing the six, sensational finalists for the title of Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year 2016.

Today we announce the final two, who join inspirational Starchild creator Michaela Foster Marsh, compassionate Refuweegee founder Selina Hales, world-leading scientist Professor Sarah Cleaveland and dedicated Girlguiding volunteer Alison Spurway on the shortlist.

The winner will be announced at the gala dinner in the City Chambers, supported by our event partner St Enoch Centre, on February 23.


Since providing Glasgow and the world with one of the sparkling highlights of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Libby became the golden girl of disability athletics.

The Paralympic sprinter won Scotland’s first athletics gold since Yvonne Murray’s 10,000m success in 1994, at the event, firmly establishing her as one of Great Britain and Scotland’s most successful track and field athletes of recent years.

She has a further two Paralympic Games Silvers, a World Championship Gold and a European Championship Gold under her belt and in last summer’ Paralympic Games in Rio, she achieved TWO gold medals.

But her road to Rio was far from smooth.

In the last two years, Libby has been plagued by bad luck. She was ruled out of the European and World Championships, which in turn meant she lost her funding from UK Athletics.

She split up with her guide of five years and her deteriorating eyesight – she suffers from an eye condition called Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy which left her with only slight peripheral vision in her left eye – meant she was reclassified from T12 to T11 just two months before the Paralympics.

Then, despite winning her 100m heat with a world record time in Rio, she was subsequently disqualified because her guide was deemed to have pulled her along in the race.

The British team appealed against the decision and she was reinstated for the final, in which she won gold.

She went on to win a second gold in the 200m.

Her tenacity and courage kept her going through the toughest of times, and she remains one of Scotland’s most successful athletes.

Libby burst on to the scene aged just 16, winning 200m silver at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships and has wowed athletics fans and commentators ever since.

She is also an ambassador for the Royal Blind Charity, and an inspiration to all young people, disabled and able-bodied, considering taking up sport.