Kyle Thornton, MSYP for Glasgow Southside and SYP Vice-Chair
With less than 50 days to go until the Olympic Committee makes it’s final decision, it’s time for everyone in Scotland to get behind Glasgow’s bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The next few years are going to see Scotland showcased to the sporting world. Next year’s Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup will give Scots the chance to see some of the worlds finest sports stars. At the same time we’ll be able to welcome thousands of visitors to Scotland, showcasing our culture, landscape, and of course our hospitality. It should be amazing.
Some people might say that’s enough exposure – but that’s like saying having ice-cream once is enough. Instead of sitting back we should see this as an opportunity. It’s a chance to bolster our sporting culture, to build upon our infrastructure, and to brazenly promote Scotland again.
That’s why SYP is supporting Glasgow’s bid for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. These games would be a great opportunity to show of Glasgow, but just as importantly to put young people at the very heart of a major event.
For those of you who maybe aren’t sports fanatics a wee bit of background. The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international sporting event for the best young athletes in the world that aims to inspire young people to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values. Young athletes (15-18 years of age) compete in all 28 Olympic sports over 12 days of world-class competition.
The case for Glasgow is incredibly strong. All the venues and infrastructure are already in place, and of course we have the fantastic Olympic legacy from London 2012 to build on as well. Perhaps as importantly from SYP’s perspective is how youth-led the process has been. Glasgow’s bid was the first to be presented only by young people, and Jasmine Main and Mahad Ahmed, the Bid’s 2018 Young Champions, personally delivered the bid document to IOC headquarters.
Of course, this isn’t just backed by young people. Olympic superstats Sir Chris Hoy, Katherine Grainger, Jade Jones and Michael Jamieson are all Bid Champions and working to raise awareness for the campaign.
So we have a great chance to support Scotland, support young people, and show off Scotland’s greatest sporting city. That’s why we’re encouraging young people to ‘Back our Bid’ by visiting www.glasgow2018.com and clicking on the button. For more information you can also follow them on Twitter@Glasgow2018 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Glasgow2018