Stirling born, Sports daft, basketball playing, St. Johnstone fanatic, father of 1, is just a couple of ways to describe me. Growing up in Lanarkshire I couldn’t get enough sport in my life, from playing football in the park with jumpers as goal posts, watching Stephen Hendry winning the World Snooker Title at the Crucible Theatre, to reading about my hero Eric Liddell. After some failed attempts at trying out for Rugby and Football teams I found my place on an Athletics Track specialising in Sprinting. From the ages 8 to 18 my Athletics coaches were all volunteers, taking time out of their busy life to teach this skinny kid to reach his potential and bringing home medals at the Scottish Nationals. It was after I stopped running that I wanted to pay back my coaches from the hours of time they gave me, and I know they would agree, the best way to do that was to volunteer myself. I’ve volunteered as Athletics and Basketball coach, was a medal bearer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games.
I started in the Civil service in 2006 and quickly joined CSSC. In 2012 I became the CSSC National Organiser and later joined the Central Forth Valley Area Committee after moving work to Bathgate. I have loved every moment of being both a CSSC Member and to being a volunteer, travelling the length of the UK to take part in various sporting events. Taking part in Basketball, Rounders’, Badminton, Athletics, Quizzes, White Water Rafting as well as various free/discounted leisure outings and saving money on my every day shopping I have made full use of being member.
When I heard that a job opportunity arose to work full time for CSSC I knew I had to work for this company and to help others gain some of the same experiences that I have. I am looking forward to meeting people from across the country and talk about something I feel so passionate about.