Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What is the Year of Young People 2018?

Scottish Swimming will be putting extra focus into celebrating our sport's young people this year, in conjunction with the Scottish Government's Year of Young People.

Each month, Scottish Swimming will put into the spotlight one of our wave of special young talents, whether they are putting their skills into practice in the water or as a coach or volunteer. There are plenty of inspiring stories in swimming and we will be highlighting them in earnest - and we want your help!

If you know someone who does a tremendous amount of work for their club or has the potential to succeed in the water in 2018 in any of our disciplines then get in touch! Send us a message on social media or email us at

Our first featured Young Person is Kayleigh Haggo, the South Ayrshire Swim Team swimmer who claimed four Golds at the British Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester in December, living up to her billing as one of the 30 Under 30 Women to Watch this year, according to the Young Women's Movement. Stay tuned for her spotlight in February.

The photo above features four young people who already aim to inspire. Toni Shaw (top left) is a swimmer who has a ticket on the plane to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Aged only 14 she is likely to be Tema Scotland's youngest member at the Games, which will host the largest integrated Para-Sport programme in Commonwealth Games history. Kirsty Ewen (top right) is co-head coach at Inverness ASC and has been a member of the Young People's Sport Panel. Kirsty said: "Being part of the panel has been an incredible experience! What you do really impacts positive change for young people in sport in Scotland and that’s amazing!"

Sam Muir (bottom left) not only plays water polo for Caledonia, he also gives up his time to referee at competitions like the Women's Graz Trophy. Lucas Thomson (bottom right) is a diver who might look back on 2018 as being his breakout year - he posted a huge PB score of 427.30 during the British Diving Championships in Plymouth this month on the 10m Platform.

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Another young gun to watch is Warrender BC's Archie Goodburn (above), who's set to skyrocket in 2018 after a record-breaking performance at #ScotNSC17 and his role as the Team GB flag bearer at the European Youth Olympic Festival.

The campaign aims to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. For Scottish Swimming, we hope young people across swimming, open water, synchro and water polo take up the challenge and speak out for their sport.

Six key themes are at the heart of the Year, themes which resonate highly with Scottish Swimming and our values: health and wellbeing, equality and discrimination, participation, culture, education, enterprise and regeneration.

The Year of Young People 2018 will provide a platform for youngsters to have a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately aim to challenge status quo and create a more positive perception of them in society.

The project was put into motion back in 2013 when Scotland’s then First Minister, Alex Salmond, first announced that 2018 would be the Year of Young People.

To get involved, send us a message on social media or email us at