Webb throws her career into spotlight

Young Ambassadorswith ex-Olympian Shirley Webb and Bordes Sport and Leisure Trust Chief Executive Ewan Jackson
Young Ambassadorswith ex-Olympian Shirley Webb and Bordes Sport and Leisure Trust Chief Executive Ewan Jackson

SCOTTISH Olympian Shirley Webb hammered home the message of hard work and taking your opportunities at the Borders Young Ambassador Conference.

The event at Galashiels’ Scottish Borders Campus saw hammer thrower Webb discuss her career – which has included appearing on TV show Gladiators – with senior pupils from eight secondary schools.

The young ambassador programme was launched on the back of the successful London Olympic bid six years ago, and sees young people inspiring their peers with the Olympic and Paralympic values by spreading the message and widening opportunities for sport.

Piloted at Kelso High School, the programme has now expanded to include two senior pupils from each secondary school in the region.

Kelso High School’s gold ambassador, Gillian Black, said: “I wanted to be a Young Ambassador because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the London 2012 Games.

“It is a great opportunity for me to develop my own skills and experiences, as well as motivating others.

“The Olympics are such an inspiration and I am glad I’m part of a team that can help raise the profile and create excitement about the games.”

Coordinated by Border Sport and Leisure Trust’s active schools team, the day concluded with a workshop on disability sports such as Boccia and an opportunity for the Young Ambassadors to access the official London 2012 educational website Get Set.

Schools are still encouraged to register on the network, which will allow them to apply for an allocation of tickets for next year’s global event.