SPORTING heroes of the Commonwealth Games have been honoured at a glittering ceremony in the City Chambers.

They picked up awards in four categories in the Sports Person of the Year Awards 2014.

The overall title went to Balloch-born swimmer Ross Murdoch who won gold after beating Olympic medallist Michael Jamieson.

Boxer Charlie Flynn, who is known as The Mailman, picked up the Lord Provost's Award for his Commonwealth Games gold.

Badminton star Kirsty Gilmour, who won silver at the Games, was named Glasgow Athlete of the Year.

And Team Scotland, who had people on their feet throughout the sporting extravaganza, were presented with the Leader's Special Award.

Glasgow City FC, which is regarded in many quarters as Scotland's most successful football team, was named Glasgow Team of the Year.

The Evening Times Glasgow Disabled Athlete of the Year Award went to Robert Conway who is a retired bowler who is registered blind.

And Maria Gibson, who has turned around the fortunes of Dynamite Gymnastics Club was named Evening Times Glasgow Volunteer of the Year.

The Evening Times Glasgow Young Sports Person went to James Coulter is a member of the Scottish National karate squad and is currently ranked world number three.

Oakgrove primary won the Glasgow Primary Sports School of the Year and Whitehill secondary the Glasgow Secondary Sports School of the Year Award.

The Glasgow Club of the year went to Glasgow Ridedrz and Garcube Harriers athletics club and Glasgow University student and middle distance runner Laura Muir was named Glasgow Student Athlete of the Year.

Marius Gherman, who was an Olympic medallist for Romania in 1988, was named Glasgow Coach of the Year for his work with City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Sport went to Gordon McCormack who has worked with disabled athletes for more than 30 years.

City council leader Gordon Matheson said: "Team Scotland were the undoubted stars of the best ever Commonwealth Games, helping inspire a nation with a string of incredible performances. The pressure was on like never before, but they were determined to rise to the challenge.

"A record haul of 53 medals - 19 gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze - ensured Team Scotland's place in the history books. But it wasn't just about the medals, it was about their pride, their passion, their will to deliver for the home crowd. Each and every one of them contributed to an unbelievable summer of sport."

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: "Charlie Flynn enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame during 2014. He was one of the stars of the Commonwealth Games, capturing the hearts of the Scottish public with a series of world-class performances. And then there was that incredible post-fight interview.

"But away from the smiles and laughs no one will ever forget how Charlie used that interview to thank his mum and dad for the role they played in helping him achieve his gold medal dream. The Mail Man well and truly delivered during Glasgow's Games and is a deserved winner."

Glasgow Life chairman Archie Graham, said: "Ross has had a remarkable year setting a number of Scottish and British records before stealing the show at Tollcross International Swimming Centre during Glasgow's Games.

"He swept to victory in the 200metre breaststroke in a time of 2:07.30, a new British and Commonwealth Games Record. I don't think any of us will ever forget his smile when he realised the magnitude of his achievement. It didn't just light up Tollcross, it lit up an entire country."