Three fantastic Unsung Heroes who are making a difference in sport in Scotland are the finalists of our Campaign to find the next Sports Ambassador.
We hope you’ll join us in wishing them well done to everyone nominated this year, and wishing good luck to our finalists. The winner will be announced next week.
Meet your finalists:
Rory Skinner Racing, MotoGP
Coming from a motorcycling family and racing mini-motos from the age of 7, Rory Skinner was on the right track to become a sporting hero from the very start. Before he even reached his teens he had become accustomed to winning titles and competing against more experienced riders.
2015 was a key year for Rory. With the support of Racing Steps Foundation, his performances had seen him earn a place in the prestigious Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and competing on the international stage. He was also named Perth and Kinross Sports Council’s Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Through 2016 and ‘17, he continued his success in races across Europe, and in 2018 he was crowned the British Talent Cup champion. 2019 started gradually for Rory and his family run team, but with the support of Superbike legend Chris Walker and a crowdfunding campaign, he is now racing in the Dickies British Supersport Championship and made his debut in the competition at Silverstone.
Maia Lumsden, Tennis
Third-year Sports Studies student Maia Lumsden reached a career breakthrough whilst at the University of Stirling, winning her first ever professional singles title at the 2018 W60 ITF tournament in Shrewsbury.
Maia finished the season on a high, ranking 376 in the world – up from 584 in 2017 – a phenomenal achievement for a dual career athlete. The Sports Studies student has also won Scottish, European and World universities team titles with her Stirling and GB teammates.
Robbie Wood, Football StreetSoccer Scotland
Robbie Wood is a proud Leither, dad, community football coach, Street Soccer Scotland Edinburgh co-ordinator and the epitome of an unsung hero.
With a long background in community work and grassroots football in Edinburgh he has also volunteered with local projects across Africa including co-founding a charity working in Tanzania. Robbie works hard every single day fighting for people facing social exclusion issues from homelessness and isolation to poor mental health or addiction ensuring Street Soccer participants get the help and support they need along with access to free daily football sessions across Edinburgh. Robbie also organises a weekly football session for adults with additional support needs such as autism and free youth football activities at various sites running 50 weeks per year.
Robbie goes above and beyond being a football coach from tenaciously campaigning for Street Soccer players to get homes, to supporting players who face deportation to also setting up Street Soccer Scotland as food bank referral site.
Robbie is a superb relationship builder and connects many local organisations to bring multiple benefits to the community including providing local families with free tickets for every Hibs game, ensuring Street Soccer Scotland players have access to free food at drop-in sessions and running free football for 4-6 year olds on Saturday mornings in Leith.
Who would you like to see as the winner? Let us know!