Bearsden’s Matt and Hannah are new sporting ambassadors

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TWO Bearsden sporting youngsters have been chosen to help shape the future of sport in Scotland.

Snowboarder Matt McCormick (15) and badminton player Hannah Jolly (18) were chosen as part of a 16 strong Young people’s sport panel.

The initiative is led by sportscotland in partnership with Young Scot - the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland.

Matt and Hannah attended a recent development day at the Edinburgh International Climbing Centre, in Ratho with the other 14 representative and staff from the two organisations to plan a strategy for the year ahead.

The snowboarder, who also enjoys gymnastics, trampolining, and swimming, is a member of the Senior GB for snowboarding and part of the ASDA Athlete program.

He said: “As part of the Young people’s sport panel, I am looking to expand the varieties of sport participated in across Scotland. I would like to get young people interested in sport that is out of the ordinary. I can’t wait to start getting Scotland excited about sport, especially with the Commonwealth Games coming soon.”

Hannah has just completed her second year on the Olympic Inspire marked Glasgow Sport Young Leaders programme and last year achieved the 200 hour Millennium Volunteer certificate and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. She also holds a UKCC Level 1 Advanced badminton coaching qualification and has been a volunteer coach at the award-winning Scotstoun Badminton Club for the past three years.

Commenting on her involvement in the panel she said: “I believe that involvement in sport can make a huge difference to the lives of all young people. As part of the sport panel, I am really looking forward to helping to ensure that all young people in Scotland have an equal chance, both to take part and to have their views represented in sport. It is an incredible opportunity for us, as young people, to influence and shape the future of Scottish sport.”