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Kieron AcharaThe heights that Kieron Achara has reached demonstrates to aspiring basketballers what can be achieved through dedication and hard work. Kieron’s first real success in basketball began when he was offered a basketball scholarship to Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, USA. After graduating from Duquesne University, Kieron’s talents didn’t go unnoticed and he was offered a professional contract by the Italian team, Fortitudo Bologna. His performances eventually led him to signing for his current club, the Glasgow Rocks. He became the youngest player ever to represent Scotland by featuring in the FIBA Europe Promotion Cup. Kieron’s stellar performances for club and country was soon rewarded with a call-up to represent Great Britain in 2008 where he helped the side qualify for EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. Despite approaching the latter stages of his career, Kieron’s consistent performances and professional attitude led him to being selected as captain of the Scotland national team to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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Craig BensonCraig Benson was inspired to start swimming by his older brother, who also swam, and his grandad who took him to lessons when he was at nursery, which he remembers fondly. He learned to swim at Xcite Bathgate and his first club was Livingston and District Dolphins ASC. Craig was the World Junior Championship record holder in the 100m breaststroke. The young swimmer was also named the Sunday Mail’s Scottish Young Sports Personality of the Year and the Best Up-and-Coming Scottish Sports Person in 2012. Since then he's competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he reached the final of the 100m Breaststroke event. He also competed at the London 2012 Olympics.
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Millie BrownMillie played a variety of sports at school, but on reaching senior school she made the decision to pursue her dream of playing hockey for Scotland. Her talent and potential were recognised when she was selected as part of the U14 Mixed Scottish District hockey squad, leading to opportunities within the National hockey programs. In 2013, Millie started studying Geography at Glasgow University, where she joined Milne Craig Clydesdale Western Hockey Club and was invited to join the Scotland Senior Women’s squad. Five seasons later, Millie’s list of achievements is pretty impressive with 50 international senior caps. She has also competed in Hockey World Leagues in Brussels and Valencia, Rabo Euro Hockey Championships in Amsterdam, and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia to name a few. Apart from her sporting achievements, Millie is passionate about the environment with ambitions to pursue a career in environmental consultancy. She is hoping to be accepted on a Master’s programme in Sustainability and Climate Change at Imperial, UCL or Edinburgh University.
John BuchananJohn’s journey with Judo started at the age of nine at Sportif Judo in West Lothian, under the coaching of Peter Gardiner. After turning 15, John relocated to Camberley Judo Clubs in Surrey in order to pursue a professional career. From then, John trained and competed full-time for twelve years, representing Team GB at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and winning a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships. In 2004, he retired from competing and moved back to Scotland to team up with his childhood coach and Sportif Judo, where he has been working since as a development coach helping young judokas fulfil their potential. In 2014, he began competing again, winning a Bronze medal for Scotland in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
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Bantu BurroughsThrough hard work, dedication and a bit of luck, Bantu Burroughs was able to live out his basketball dream. Bantu’s first basketball achievement arrived in 2015 when he became the first ever alumni of Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia to turn professional. Burroughs was visiting his grandmother in Scotland for a brief holiday and attended a basketball trial hosted by the Glasgow Rocks. Impressed by his performance, Bantu was rewarded with a professional contract by the club. His stellar performances for the Glasgow Rocks led him to being called up to the Scotland national side to compete in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Bantu’s contribution to the team helped Scotland secure a place in the bronze medal match, in which they eventually finished in 4th place.
Ronnie DuncanCompeting at his first Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Ronnie had the perfect campaign, winning gold in both Triples and Fours. Neck and neck with hosts Australia in the Triples final the Scotland trio of Ronnie, Derek Oliver and Darren Burnett secured a 19-14 win - Scotland’s first ever medal in this event. In the Fours, Ronnie teamed up with defending champions Alex Marshall and Paul Foster as well as fellow Games debutant Derek Oliver to claim a second gold. Ronnie was also part of the Four that took bronze at the 2016 World Championships in New Zealand. When he’s not winning gold overseas, Ronnie is a proud member of Bonnyrigg Bowling Club.
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Lynsey GallagherLynsey Gallagher received her first international netball cap at the age of 17 whilst competing at the European Championships in 2007. She captained the Scotland Netball team at the World Youth Championships in 2013, before going on to make her Commonwealth Games debut at Glasgow 2014. With over 70 caps for Scotland, including the 2015 Netball World Cup, Lynsey has made her second Games appearance at Gold Coast 2018 embracing the role as vice-captain with wins over Wales and Barbados as Scotland achieved a 9th place finish. She also became a Strathclyde Sirens training partner in 2018.
Tina GordonTina Gordon has spent over 15 years coaching and running wheelchair basketball clubs and events. She first became involved in the sport when she was only 13 years old; assisting her coaches in setting up mini sessions at the basketball club in Frome, Somerset. Tina has been instrumental in developing the league competition in Scotland and continues to coach up and down the country. She has recently set -up Glow in the Dark, the innovative, recreational sessions that were featured on the BBC. Dedicated to helping others, she has mentored many aspiring wheelchair basketball players who have recently been involved in GB age group squads, making a huge impact on their development. Additionally, her Inclusion Module for coaching CPD programmes has helped trainers be more inclusive with the skills and drills they use. She continues to inspire, with a focus on creating opportunities for women to play in non-competitive sporting environments, so they can enjoy the associated health benefits.
Calum GrahamThe inspirational Calum Graham has been involved in promoting sport for over 25 years. Relentlessly putting others before himself for the good of his community in Annandale and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway, he’s founded countless successful, self-sustainable clubs and organisations, as well as delivering sporting events and training programmes across Scotland. Throughout his career, he’s worked in partnership with schools and clubs to establish annual programmes of events funded through commercial sponsorship. In 2018 alone, Calum managed to secure £50,000 in funding from five local charities to support 25 young athletes. Furthermore, he’s developed education programmes for both coaches and volunteers to allow them to inspire and secure funding for many more people. True to form, he sacrificed his own nomination to carry the Olympic torch but still used the 2012 games to encourage sporting participation for thousands across his region and keep the momentum going with legacy projects.
Bobby LammieBobbie Lammie joined Stirling University’s high-performance sport programme when a partnership was formed with Scottish Curling in 2016. Bobby has enjoyed growing success as part of national champions Team Mouat, winning the World Universities title as well as the Scottish title and bronze at the World Curling Championships in Las Vegas. Along with the team, Bobby won the prestigious Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in Switzerland, becoming the first Scottish side to win the competition in a decade.
Miki Lee Dale
Miki Lee DaleMiki is on the board of directors for LEAP Sports Scotland and is the Community Learning and Development Coach for Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club. A former contemporary dancer, yoga teacher and Stewards’ Charitable Trust coach, Miki has been working to bring communities together through sports and performing arts for many years. For the last three years, Miki has worked over 500 young people through rowing projects with British Rowing, Scottish Rowing and Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club. For this work, Miki was awarded Sport Scotland’s 2017 Young Person’s Coach of the Year, Sports Council for Glasgow’s 2017 Young Person’s Coach of the Year and Scottish Rowing’s 2017 Coach of the Year award.
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Maia LumsdenThird-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.
Cameron MainCameron Main is a young sports scholar who trains at the University of Stirling High Performance Centre where he is studying Sports Science. Coached by his dad until 2013 when he was selected for the Scottish Triathlon Foundation Squad, Cameron has been involved in Triathlon since he was 12. In 2018, Cameron achieved two top 5 positions at European Triathlon Cup competitions in Riga and Alanya, and was 2nd at the Junior Super League Triathlon. More recently in April became Scottish Student Duathlon Champion. In October 2018, Cameron raised £9,000 for Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation, which was set up to honour Cameron’s younger sister Abbie, who passed away in 2017 following a battle with sarcoma. Facing temperatures of -12 and 70mph winds, Cameron ran up Ben Nevis five times in 15 hours. Cameron’s charity work was recognised at the highest level as he was hosted at a celebratory Downing Street Burns Supper.
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Claire MaxwellCurrent Captain of the Scotland team and the Strathclyde Sirens Franchise team Claire Maxwell made her debut in Netball in 2009. Since then, she has captained Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018 and has over 97 international caps, 11 Senior World Championships and six Junior European Championships under her belt. Her accomplishments don't end there. Claire’s dedication has helped Team Scotland to achieve 9th place at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018. She was also part of the Scottish Netball team that finished 9th at the Glasgow 2014 Games and Scotland’s Netball World Cup qualifying team that went on to finish in 12th place. The successful netballer has captained at every junior and senior level and played in a Superleague franchise which is televised on Sky Sports. Claire’s mum plays hockey for Scottish Masters and her sister plays touch rugby for Scotland - clearly the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
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Scott McLayIn the summer of 2017, Scott McLay made history by becoming the most successful Scottish Commonwealth Youth Games athlete of all time, returning to Scotland from the Bahamas with five medals. He brought home gold for 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle, silver for 100m backstroke and bronze for mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast he took part in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle.
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Kevin MoranSquash player and Grange Squash Club member Kevin Moran was part of Scotland’s bronze-medal-winning team at the 2016 European Team Championships. He has also competed at the Glasgow and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Kevin has now moved on to senior performance coaching and becoming a development officer. On a day-to-day basis, he introduces squash to kids and helps young athletes achieve their full potential. Kevin aims to develop his coaching career to the fullest, implementing innovative ways to get kids across Scotland to enjoy the sport that has given him so much over the years. Last year saw Kevin undertake a squash tour of Scotland on behalf of charity Lisa’s Gift. The tour saw Kevin travelling across the country to play exhibition matches and holding coaching sessions with local players to raise £6,700 for the charity.
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Hayley MulheronHaving been inspired to play netball by her school teacher, Hayley Mulheron has been at the top of the game for over a decade. The talented goalkeeper has played at the highest level of the sport across the globe. Hayley has excelled throughout her sporting career, which has so far seen her represent Strathclyde Sirens, Team Northumbria, Glasgow Wildcats, Greater Western Sydney Fury and Canberra Darters in the lauded ANL Championship. Arguably her greatest achievement is the consistency with which she’s been capped for her country over the last 17 years (Hayley is Scotland’s second most capped player of all time). She captained the Scottish Thistles to the 2015 World Cup, graduating from the role of Vice-Captain at 2014’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she helped steer the team to 9th place. Also in 2014, Hayley was awarded Player of the Tournament during Scotland’s Exhibition Series against New Zealand. More recently, she appeared at her second Commonwealth Games in 2018 and has helped Scotland qualify for the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool. Not content with being one of Scottish netball’s biggest stars, she’s also encouraging the next generation of players by delivering coaching sessions and the Sirens for Success Programme to local schools and clubs.
Stewart PittA 12 times Scottish Champion and a winner of Sydney's World Masters Games C2 Slalom, Stewart has enjoyed an incredibly successful canoeing career. Stewart’s passion for canoeing led him to found Glasgow’s Pinkston Panthers for children where he’s spent countless hours of his own free time encouraging the younger community to get involved in canoeing. The Pinkston Panthers have grown significantly under Stewart, which is reflected in the number of paddlers they have competing. In the past year alone, they have increased the number of paddlers representing the Pinkston Panthers in competitions from two or three to double figures. Without Stewart’s drive and passion for the sport, it’s doubtful that any of this would be achieved. Every week Stewart is out on the water with the kids, always full of enthusiasm regardless of the weather and temperature. As a result of his massive contribution to the sport, the Scottish Canoe Association awarded him with Scottish Youth Coach of the year in 2017.
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Phil PotterFollowing a successful personal swimming career that saw him represent England at junior level in freestyle, Phil Potter turned to coaching swimmers. Phil started as an assistant coach at Warrender Baths Club before moving to take on the Head Coach Role at Heart of Midlothian ASC. During his time at the club, he has overseen numerous successes at District, National and International level. He looks after the day-to-day coaching of the swimmers within the Hearts ASC Elite squad, and oversees all of the training squads and their coaches. Furthermore, Phil has been appointed as coach to both British and Scottish National teams at high-level international meets, including the 2007 European Short Course Championships, the 2008 Tri-Nations Cup and the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.
Campbell RossCampbell leads the Moray Curling Club coaching team to deliver weekly coaching sessions for the club’s 41 junior members, sharing his knowledge and providing junior curlers with a great learning experience. Within the club, the juniors participate in the RCCC Skill Awards programme - a series of six progressive awards. Campbell encourages juniors to play in competitions both locally at Moray Leisure Centre, and nationally at Under 14, Under 17 and Under 21 Slam events, supporting them to develop their game skills. In recognition of his dedication to training youngsters, Campbell received the Grampian Young Persons Coach of the Year at Sport Scotland’s 2016 Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards.
Duncan ScottThird-year swimming scholar Duncan Scott has reached unparalleled levels of success during his time at Stirling University. After winning two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a World Championship title in 2017, Duncan had a remarkable 2018, winning six medals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Olympian was the most decorated Scot ever at a single Commonwealth Games, before claiming four medals - including a hat-trick of golds - at the European Championships in Glasgow. In recognition of his achievements, Duncan won the title of Athlete of the Year at the 2017 National Lottery Awards, as well as Scottish Sportsperson of the Year and Scottish Sports Personality of the Year at the acclaimed Team Scotland and Sunday Mail Scottish Sports Awards 2018.
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Rory SkinnerComing 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.
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Robbie WoodRobbie 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.
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