Sportscotland Young People’s Sport Panel, with Hannah Smith

The Young People's Sport Panel is there to be a national voice for young people to help guide sports developement in Scotland. One of Scotland top youth climbing athletes Hannah smith has been given the honour of taking a seat on the panel for the next two years.

Being selected for the Sportscotland Young People’s Sport Panel is a huge opportunity for me and I feel so lucky to have been given a chance to make a difference in sport across Scotland.

The Young People’s Sport Panel provides a national platform to represent the voice of young people across Scotland. The role of the panel is to help influence and shape the future of sport in Scotland and to raise the profile of sport. The programme's principle is that young people's views are heard and valued, and they have the opportunity to influence decision making and drive change.

The panel is made up of twenty people aged between fourteen and twenty-three - all from different areas of the country and with backgrounds in sport. Over 180 people applied for a place on the panel so I feel really privileged to have been selected and want to do the best I can for Scottish sport over the two years I will have as a panel member.

My goal is to positively influence sport in Scotland in every way that I can. Sport has had a huge impact on my life and I think an active lifestyle can benefit everyone. I want to inspire young people to be active and stay active through adolescence into adulthood – the drop off rate through teenage years is something I would particularly like to focus on. Raising the profile of less well-known sports is also something I would like to achieve. I believe that there is a sport out there for everyone and it may not be football, cycling or swimming. It could be a form of martial art or climbing or fencing but I want to give young people the opportunity to discover new sports and access to trying them.

I hope young people across Scotland see me as approachable and won’t be afraid to come forward with their views and I look forward to representing them on the panel.

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