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Inverness doctor named in the Scottish Walking Awards


By Louise Glen

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Dr Katie Walter pilots the new Spokes for Folks trike.
Dr Katie Walter pilots the new Spokes for Folks trike.

An Inverness doctor has been named as Healthcare Professional Walking Champion in the Scottish Walking Awards

Dr Katie Walter from Cairn Medical Practice was recognised in the awards for her campaigns and advocacy for improved walking across the Highlands.

Known for her cycling and walking 'prescriptions', as well as her innovative work with Spokes for Folks, a project that gets people out and about around the city – it was her advocacy and campaign work that saw her rewarded.

Nominations in the Scottish Walking Awards included everything from businesses, councils, land managers and housing associations to the journalists, staff and local volunteers who are inspiring others to step out.

Lee Craigie, who is Scotland’s Active Nation Commissioner and chaired the judges, said: "Dr Katie Walter campaigns and advocates for improved walking across the Highlands and beyond, regularly engages politicians, fellow health professionals and press.

Craig McLaren, chair of the National Walking Strategy Delivery Forum, said: “The range of projects nominated for the first Scottish Walking Awards shows that there is fantastic work happening all over Scotland, with community projects at the heart of a movement to get people walking. Projects like these are vital for keeping our communities active and connected and we were so pleased to see so many worthwhile nominations and winners.”

The Scottish Walking Awards are organised by Paths for All, Ramblers Scotland, and Living Streets, in conjunction with the National Walking Strategy Delivery Forum. The winners are announced as part of National Walking Month.

READ: IN-DEPTH: Inverness enjoying a cycling revolution


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