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04/09/13...'PERTH'Sportscotland Young Ambassadors conference'....David Smith, Hannah Reid, Erin Mcgregor, steve frew, Gillian Stewart, lee mcconnell, Ewan Macdonald and heather mackintosh

04/09/13...'PERTH'Sportscotland Young Ambassadors conference'....David Smith, Hannah Reid, Erin Mcgregor, steve frew, Gillian Stewart, lee mcconnell, Ewan Macdonald and heather mackintosh

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Youngsters from Forfar recently joined around 150 other pupils at Perth Concert Hall for the first Young Ambassador conference.

And a host of top Scottish athletes was there too to inspire and encourage the pupils in their roles as Young Ambassadors.

The Young Ambassadors programme is for people aged between 14 and 17 to act as role models in their chosen sport.

And two pupils each from Forfar Academy and Webster’s High are involved.

The initiative is delivered by sportscotland in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.

At the conference last week, Paralympic gold medallist David Smith spoke about his inspirational journey to the podium in London before taking to the stage to interview World Champion curling skip Eve Muirhead.

Gymnast Steve Frew, who also visited Forfar Academy recently, curler Ewan MacDonald and former hammer thrower Shirley Addison all mentored the youngsters throughout the day through workshops.

Jacqueline Lynn, sportscotland’s head of school and community sport, said: “The Young Ambassadors conferences are integral to, and an exciting aspect of, the Young Ambassador programme.

“The key role of a Young Ambassador is to motivate and inspire other young people to participate in sport by raising awareness of opportunities to get involved in sport in schools, clubs and community sport hubs, promoting an active lifestyle and raising awareness using the excitement of all major sporting events.”

Visit the website at www.sportscotland.org.uk/ya