On Friday 24thSeptember East Lothian hosted the first national adiStar conference as part of the Young Ambassadors Programme.
The Young Ambassador Programme is UK wide and delivered in Scotland by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with sportscotland through the Active Schools Network.
Central to the Young Ambassador programme is the principle of young people driving opportunity, engagement and change for other young people. The role of a Young Ambassador involves increasing participation, promoting active and healthy lifestyles and spreading the work of the Olympic and Paralympic values. Young Ambassadors have a pivotal role within their school and wider community, they are – advocates, role models and leaders of other young people.
The adiStar ambassador is the first stage of the Young Ambassador initiative. Each high school throughout East Lothian has selected two representatives to take forward the initiative within their school.
The adiStars met Shirley Webb, former Olympic hammer thrower, who attended the conference as a guest speaker on the day. Also present at the conference were representatives from the Edinburgh Young Ambassadors Programme. Youth Sport Trust, Sportscotland as well as East Lothian’s Platinum Ambassador Kirsty Hogg. Platinum is the highest level of Young Ambassador and Kirsty will act as a mentor to the new East Lothian adiStars, working to create a legacy for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Shown in the photo are the adiStar Ambassadors with Kirsty Hogg and Shirley Webb.
Back row – left to right – Shirley Webb, Jamie Halvorsen (Preston Lodge HS), Shona Bell (Preston Lodge HS), Hamish Hamilton Darra (Dunbar Grammar), Catriona Morton (Musselburgh Grammar), Kieran Simants (Dunbar Grammar), Laura Robertson (Musselburgh Grammar), Kirsty Hogg
Front row – left to right – Fiona Matheson (Ross High School), Thomas Hardwick (Ross High School), Laura Baron