GB judo athlete Andy Burns and the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014

Andy Burns

“I was invited to be an athlete mentor at the young leaders interviews in Glasgow on 15 November, and can’t express how much I enjoyed (and learned) from the experience. One particular story from one of our young leaders really sticks in my mind.

We were discussing and coming up with solutions for issues within our local communities, and one girl suggested that providing first aid training would help. I questioned this as it seemed a little outside of the box.

She told me that while on the bus recently, a man keeled over having a heart attack. Her instinct and first aid training took over and she jumped up and tried to save him, delivering 25 rounds of CPR and calling the ambulance while everyone around her just sat and watched.

The man died, but this story demonstrates the impact our young leaders can have on society, and why programmes like this need not only to continue, but increase in number.

It was great to speak to young people about their current aims and aspirations, and see that some of them had similar background to mine in Glasgow.

The day was pretty special and I really hope that everyone is successful in their job applications and are rewarded for all their hard work, with an opportunity to experience Glasgow 2014 as volunteers.”

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2 thoughts on “GB judo athlete Andy Burns and the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014

  1. Great to hear you had a good day in Glasgow – the young people rreally valued the athletes who attended and it was a FAB start to the programme. I think all of us were blown away, hearing some of the personal stories and backgrounds of the YL. Roll on Glasgow!!

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