From Young Ambassador to Rio torch bearer

by Sophie Brown

From Young Ambassador to Rio torch bearerAs a former Young Ambassador, who sat on the national steering panel (2009-2011), I understand and have seen how the work of the Youth Sport Trust supports and inspires the work of young people.

I remember attending my first Young Ambassador conference at York Racecourse in the Autumn of 2009, and being completely inspired from the very first Young Ambassador speaker, who spoke with such confidence and conviction that I knew from that moment I wanted to be a part of the movement. 

Becoming a Young Ambassador with the Youth Sport Trust gave me the tools and confidence to spread my learning and leadership out to my School Sports Partnership. I strongly believe that the power of sport can change lives and because of this I was determined to get more people involved, whether it was taking part in sport, or providing them with the tools to become a sports leader.

Being a Young Ambassador gave me many different opportunities, from coaching sport sessions to leading VIP tours at the School Games in Gateshead in 2010. It gave me the confidence to travel, as well as speak up in meetings with a variety of stakeholders from different organisations.

I believe that Youth Sport Trust and the Young Ambassador movement guided me to the career that I have chosen and is proof that skills and development can be learnt through a solid foundation in sport.

After my time as a young ambassador came to an end I went on to work for London 2012 and have since gone on to work in international sporting events. At LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) I met my future employer who is a contractor for large sporting events, and have now worked on projects at Glasgow 2014, Toronto 2015, Rugby World Cup 2015 and Rio 2016.

I am currently working and living in Rio de Janeiro, for a sponsor providing project management services and furniture to the Games. I will very proudly be running with the Olympic torch in July this year and I hope to continue my work in the sport industry for many years to come.

All of this has been possible because of my experiences as a Young Ambassador.

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