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Young Volunteer of the Year 2014 proves that volunteering can bring great opportunities

Lucy Thompson, Young Volunteer of the Year 2014

10/03/2015
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Young Volunteer of the Year 2014 Lucy Thompson looks back on a busy year of activity.

2014 was a fantastic year for Sport in Scotland but it was also a year in which I myself received national recognition for my contribution to volunteering.

I had completed over 500 volunteering hours with Active School & Community Sport for Dumfries and Galloway Council with their sports academy. I was involved with  running and coaching badminton clubs and playing an active part in a number of legacy related events.

I was involved with Support 2nd Team and the Belfast Active Games, the Active Games (pre-games training camp with Fiji) the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup. 

I was honoured to be a batonbearer in my home town and through various legacy 2014 programmes I have gained invaluable experiences that will stay with me for a lifetime. Being exposed to such a diverse range of sporting opportunities I have been totally inspired by the participation of everyone.
 
My experiences in 2014 have increased my confidence, communication and team working skills and I am proud to be part of this history.  I firmly believe that a child should try something at least once and my experiences have shown me different ways to inspire children to take part in a multitude of sports and about how sport can enhance lives. Reaping the benefits of volunteering locally and nationally I now mentor other young sport volunteers and encourage by showing how I have benefited.
 
The legacy of the Games has allowed me to see and understand the wider sporting spectrum; staging an event, children participating in a competitive arena and meeting top athletes at a training camp. These first hand experiences have been invaluable and with the support I have received I have been able to build a strong CV for my future career in teaching physical education. 
 
For my dedication, commitment and time given to coaching and mentoring I was humbled to be awarded Dumfries & Galloway Young Volunteer of the Year in 2013 and 2014. However, at the end of a great year for sport in Dumfries & Galloway and Scotland I was both delighted and flattered to be awarded sportscotland’s Young Volunteer of the Year 2014.