Mearns Academy pupil takes on sporting role

A pupil from Mearns Academy has been selected to play a pivotal role in helping deliver Young Ambassador conferences across the country.

Aimee McPherson, pictured above with Olympic snowboarder Ben Kilner, will be part of the 2017 Young Ambassador Conference Team along with pupils from leading schools to help influence and shape the future direction of the sportscotland Young Ambassador programme.The eighteen-year-oldwill help plan how the workshops will be delivered and present the opening and closing speeches at the national conferences alongside sports development professionals and international athletes, welcoming the new Young Ambassadors for the 2017-18 session.

Aimee said: “The Young Ambassador Conference Team is a great chance to develop my skills, and work alongside like minded sport loving people.

“I hope to promote and enhance participation in sport throughout Scotland at the conferences.

“I look forward to supporting the conferences across the country, developing my presentation, communication and public speaking skills. I really believe that the programme has the ability to help grow a new generation individuals willing to commit to sport.”

Some of the athletes that led the 2016 conferences included Rio Olympic bronze medallist Eilidh Doyle, Scottish international footballer Julie Fleeting, Scottish Rugby Union player Colin Gregor, former Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Caitlin McClatchey, and 2016 Rio Olympic silver medallist Robbie Renwick.

There has been over 2500 Young Ambassadors in Scotland since the programme started in 2012, and 640 new Young Ambassadors attend the conferences each year.