A Larbert girl has taken the London 2012 message to heart and is now on a mission to increase sports participation in central Scotland.
Meghan Plummer is the sole representative on the Scottish Sports panel from the region, and she’s standing up for youth participation.
And she’s not only aiming to do that through her role on the national body which reports direct to decison-makers with sportScotland, she’s also keen to encourage the next generation of sports stars as a PE teacher once she leaves school.
And in the year of the Olympcs and Paralympics, showcasing a myriad of sports and activities - she wants young athletes to have their voices heard, no matter what they’re interested in.
“I play a lot of sports, and I get a lot from it - now this is a chance for me to give back to sport.
“I think everyone should have the chance to play sport - there’s something for everyone - and that’s quite similar to the discussions we’ve had on the panel,” she told The Falkirk Herald.
“A lot of the talk has been about the availability of courts and equipment, and the costs and affordability, but also of promoting sport and the panel itself.”
Plummer has found her niche in sport. Her busy schedule combines schoolwork, Future Starz teaching kids sport at primary schools with sporting pursuits in basketball with Clark Eriksson Fury, and Rock-It-Ball (now known as VX) with Falkirk Cannons, with whom she recently became a World V2 Youth champion.
But the panel is also importantpart of her schedule to encourage more young people into sport, says Meghan who is also a basketball table official for her local basketball club and involved in coaching at her school, Larbert High and the Tryst Community Sports Club.
“I wouldn’t say anything in Falkirk district needs drastically changed - just awareness raised.
“There’s a sport for everyone and we’ve suggested focussing on these on the YoungScot website - but a regular column in local newspapers where there’s a club of the week or something would help too.
“The panel has also discussed how sport affects young people and about how we encourage people into it.
“That has meant we have made changes to the website. We’ve created an all-girls page because we feel not enough girls are involved and I know what they could be getting out of sport.”
Meghan is the perfect example of what can be achieved by girls taking part in sport - and to claim her Rock-It Ball championship she saw off nine male players to take the title as the only girl in the competition.
She has also contributed basketball articles for the YoungScot magazine with Team GB star Kieron Achara.
“The idea is that we as young people make recommendations to sportScotland based on our local knowledge and experiences - rather than have the decisions made for us.”
Meghan is one voice among the panel’s 16 members selected from 178 applicants from areas across Scotland. Its findings and decisions are relayed back to sportsScotland and to the Scottish Government.
n For more information see www.youngscot.org/info/sport-leisure