How has your time on the panel affected your career pathway?
The panel positively influenced my career in a number of ways. It provided experiences that helped with my personal development while also increasing both my knowledge of the sport sector and my network of contacts. This undoubtedly helped me at an important time while I was just starting my career in sport.
What skills, experience and opportunities from your time on the panel have helped you since?
The panel helped me develop a number of skills including public speaking, communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
What was your personal highlight from your time as a member of the panel?
There were a number of highlights, including my first experience of speaking in front of large audience. The residential trips were also a lot of fun, as we were able to see other parts of Scotland as well being part of consultation on a new project or policy.
What was your motivation in applying to be on the panel?
A colleague forwarded me on the volunteer opportunity and I was desperate to get on the panel. It seemed like a superb opportunity given the national agency for sport was organising it, along with YoungScot, to contribute to sport at a higher level as a young person. As it was a national panel, I liked that I would be meeting other people from around Scotland, across a range of ages, which really added to the experience.
What would your advice be for future sport panel members and applicants?
Make the most out of it! There are so many incredible opportunities available to you so grab them with both hands. Two years seems like a long time but goes by very quickly. I can’t believe this is now the fourth panel!
Why should young people apply to be on the panel?
It is an amazing experience to be part of, taking with you a great deal of personal development and pride. Those organising the panel make you feel very valued and create a superb learning experience.
Why do you think it is important that young people speak up for sport in Scotland?
Young people are full of good ideas and are very well engaged with experiences and trends among their peers, and as a result can use this to influence how sport is delivered and organised.