Education: Abertay University (Sport and Exercise Science)
Sport: Basketball, Netball
Coaching and volunteering: Basketball coach at Grange Primary School
Club: Abertay University Basketball team, Abertay University Netball team,
Hobbies: Hill walking and camping! Also photography and concerts.
Proudest achievement: Completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Future aspirations: To become a PE teacher and also explore and travel the world.
Interesting fact: My favourite movie is Iron Man
Q&A with Sara
What sports are you involved in and what is it that you love about them?
I play netball and basketball and I’ve been playing both since I was 8. I love the social aspect of these sports, the friends I make, the people I meet when I travel to play games, the vibes and ambiance of game days and when you know you have a match the next game so you lay out your kit the night before and as much as I try to go to sleep you can’t, because I’m so excited!
What motivated you to be part of the Young People’s Sport Panel?
I was motivated to be a part of the YPSP because of the opportunity to be a part of the table discussions to impact a change within sport in Scotland. In the future it will be our responsibility so it’s only fair if we have a say in these discussions!
What do you think of the YPSP so far and what work are you involved in?
I am absolutely loving every single second of being on the panel so far and I am even more excited to get further involved in the future, the staff have been so welcoming and supportive as well as the individuals on the panel, such a variety of people and experience! The work I am involved in so far has me so intrigued as I thought I knew everything about sport, but since my first time on the panel it has really opened my eyes in areas i didn’t even know existed within sport!
What do you think are (some of) the big challenges facing young people in Scotland today?
I think some of the challenges young people face in Scotland today is the lack of development being made available to young people. More or less the knowledge of how to progress within sports after a certain age/ level.
If you could change one thing about sport in Scotland, what would it be?
If I could change one thing about sport in Scotland it would be to have mixed teams within sport for all sports, not boys here and girls there but a unity of gender within sport as I see no reason to why it’s not been like this from the start!
Is there a role model who inspires you? What is it about them that you admire?
One role model of mine since I attended one of his basketball camps years ago is Kieron Achara, he is such a positive and inspiring person and the work he carries out he truly believes in and wants to make a change.