An update from Young Leader Connor Cheshire

On Monday the 12th of May I attended a meeting in City Park Glasgow with Scott Ewan.
We are both Young Leaders – myself from Glasgow Action For Children and Scott from Aberdeen Foyer.

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We spent the day working with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athletes Theo Spalding McIntosh and Craig Heap, as well as Dylan from Inspiring Scotland in Edinburgh. We talked about us as young people on the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014, our roles and responsibilities and our behaviour during and in preparing for the Games.
We also discussed the dos and don’ts, as well as making a few strict, but for the best, suggested ground rules and ideas which I am sure other Young Leaders and workers will be discussing. We spoke about practical issues such as who to contact if you are going to be late or have lost/damaged your voluntary clothing as well as the need for emergency contact numbers for certain scenarios during the Games.
We discussed what we can do for our free time if you have a certain amount of time off, such as seeing friends or visiting family and going site seeing or shopping.

We were joined by other workers who were also meeting that day and we were asked to tell them our views, opinions and suggestions about being a Young Leader.
As Young Leaders we got the chance to discuss ground rules, ideas and suggestions of how we will represent ourselves and represent our whole BP Young Leaders Programme 2014 team during the Commonwealth Games.
Looking forward to seeing you all again. Not long ’till the Games now. Hope you are as excited as me!

Connor Cheshire
Young Leader
Action For Children

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Athlete mentor Andy Burns wins at the British Open!

Andy Burns, Judoka and athlete mentor on the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014, picked up a fantastic result at the weekend winning the British Open. Andy said:”I was really chuffed with my performance!” And so you should be Andy – a massive congratulations from all of us!

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Over 300 judoka were in action at K2, Crawley, with 29 countries represented in the two-day long event.

France topped the final medal table with a total of 19 medals, including four golds. Great Britain were second with The Netherlands third.

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Andy Burns started the Great Britain charge in style with a powerful display in the -90kg category, winning by ippon after being a yuko up against Netherlands athlete Michel Verhagen. He earlier beat Gary Hall in the semi-final.

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