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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

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.