Published: 19/03/2017 06:00 - Updated: 19/03/2017 06:37

Invergordon teenage ambassador all set to step out of her comfort zone

Isla Sutherland, Olympic swimmer Robert Renwick and Ryan Paterson, another Young Ambassador from Invergordon. Isla will brush shoulders with sports stars in her new role.
Isla Sutherland, Olympic swimmer Robert Renwick and Ryan Paterson, another Young Ambassador from Invergordon. Isla will brush shoulders with sports stars in her new role.

AN Invergordon Academy pupil is ready to step outside her comfort zone to play a pivotal role in helping deliver special Young Ambassador conferences across the country.

Eighteen-year-old Isla Sutherland, who is from Invergordon, will be part of the 2017 Young Ambassador Conference Team under a scheme led by sportscotland, the national agency for sport.

She’ll be involved in planning the delivery of the annual Young Ambassador conferences which will take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Perth in September this year.

Isla will also present the opening and closing speeches at the national conferences alongside sports development professionals and international athletes, welcoming the new Young Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 session. She said: “I applied for the sportscotland Young Ambassador Conference Team with a hope of inspiring others to do their best, and also to show younger kids that you don’t have to be the sportiest or the most confident person to achieve what you aim to.

“I hope to go to many conferences for the next group of Young Ambassadors, and possibly lead a session, pushing myself past my comfort zone. I really enjoy how the programme makes it so easy to make new friends, as everyone is so welcoming and supportive, and it helps you to stay in touch with people from all over Scotland, which I think is great for broadening your connections.”

As part of the national lottery funded programme, each year sportscotland host six regional Young Ambassadors conferences across the country and two pupils from each secondary school in Scotland are invited to attend.

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.

Stewart Harris, chief executive at sportscotland, said: “Our Young Ambassador conferences provide a great opportunity for pupils who are passionate about sport to meet skilled athletes, gaining hints and tips from the professionals.”

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