The athlete team in the Shetland Islands


Last weekend Craig Heap, Andy Burns, Keith Cook, Patrick Dawson, Jade Nimmo and Frania Gillen-Buchert spent the weekend in the Shetlands as part of he BP Young leaders Programme 2014 and had a brilliant time. Craig ran a gymnastics sessions on the Saturday and supported the athlete team on the Sunday. Craig said: “We were looked after so well and great to mix with everyone from the Island. Below is what the team thought…”

Jade Nimmo

Jade Nimmo

“Travelling to and from the Shetlands both landings were a bit bumpy compared to how smooth the weekend events ran. Everyone contributed and it was a fun event for all. As soon as I arrived we were looked after well and seeing the fantastic venues the kids have access to was just fantastic. Day one I felt I stretched myself and delivered a good opening speech for the sports conference and set a really good mood for the day. Being well prepared and enthusiastic with the kids made me smile and they looked like they were having a great time, trying lots of new sports. You could see the excitement on their faces. Only thing that stopped us from using the full 400m athletics track was the weather but all kids still showed lots of determination and hard work when inside doing the long jump and triple jump. All six of us athlete mentors shared responsibilities with the delivery of the games and workshops on day two and all supported each other with set up and telling our stories to very inspired characters. All engrossed in the activities and full with questions. Being able to work with around 150 young people and all be able to try 23 different workshops was just amazing and a one off opportunity. The event was supported by many sponsors and I feel all kids left with a big smile on their faces and feeling more confident along with myself too.”

Patrick Dawson

patrick dawson

“It was really good to see the kids from Shetland Islands interacting with the BP Young Leaders and also get a chance to try some of the sports that the other mentors do! Andy (Burns) and I had a lot of fun delivering a session about communication and mental toughness. You can tell the Young Leaders are really becoming of friends and becoming more confident in everything they do!”

Andy Burns


I went to the Shetland Islands with a great team of athlete mentors (Jade, Patrick, Frania and Keith) led by a ball of energy known as Craig Heap to deliver a fun packed weekend of activities. We all led on a section of the weekend and pushed ourselves outside our own comfort zones, Patrick and I got to run a workshop on communication and mental toughness which went really well. I really enjoyed listening to the other athlete stories and got involved in some of the taster sessions. I think I missed my calling as a fencer (maybe not) and there was real atmosphere of enjoyment for all. I hope everyone got something out of the weekend, I know I did and can’t wait for our next delivery day.


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