We are delighted to announce a new online section covering volunteers. To launch this please read the article below to show how volunteers make a difference and follow the links at the end of the article to visit the new section.

The Medal Bus Stop

After waiting thirty-three years for a Scottish athlete to win an individual Olympic medal, two come along in quick succession – just like buses! These medals were courtesy of Laura Muir and Josh Kerr.

Medal buses at the Paralympics have been more frequent over the years and another six medals were added by Scottish athletes at Tokyo courtesy of Owen Miller, Sammi Kinghorn (2) Libby Clegg and Maria Lyle (2)

Of course, it is these athletes who have had the drive, talent and focus to land these medals, but the whole athletics community in Scotland can take a little bit of glory as well.

To explain further.

Scottishathletics as a governing body have developed the clubs and coaches which gave these athletes a start in their careers. They supported the athletes when their talent was emerging and continued to nurture them and their coaches as they developed. Club members helped support this work by paying their scottishathletics membership and taking part in their events.

The medallists’ progress wouldn’t have been possible without athletes from other clubs pushing them all the way in their early days. Not to mention the work put in by coaches across the land to develop these athletes. Parents of athletes also played an important part by taking their athletes to training, competition and dealing with the highs and lows of sport. Finally, any competition requires officials to provide a safe and structured platform to allow athletes to flourish.

So regardless if you are an athlete, coach, official, club volunteer or parent you have played a part in this success – take a bow!

However, it would be nice not to wait so long for the next bus? By strengthening our club through having more coaches, officials, athletes, club volunteers…….. we can ALL play our part in this, who knows we may even have potential Olympians in our CAAC ranks just now.

So, the question is do you want to stand at the bus stop and wait, or get onboard and make it happen?

We have developed a new volunteer section on our website to give more details on what is involved (which has a link to declare your interest) There is also a page with backstories from our current volunteers  so please take a look at the new section.

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