It’s time to take the plunge and get involved in sport

Stefan Hoggan
Stefan Hoggan

A local swimmer who is a multiple Scottish record holder is backing a campaign to get more people involved in sport.

Auchtermuchty resident Stefan Hoggan, who was born with one half of his right arm missing, is one of the faces behind a striking set of images produced by sportscotland.

The images show people dressed in work clothes while revealing sporting attire underneath, to convey that everyone has an inner sporty side.

The ‘Unleash your sporty side’ campaign is using the profile of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), Team Scotland and the Games to encourage those inspired by Glasgow 2014 to get involved – either through playing, coaching or volunteering.

Throughout the route of the Queen’s Baton Relay sportscotland will be putting on roadshow events with opportunities for people to try out different sports, as well as get information about what is available in their area.

Carnegie Swimming Club star Stefan, 21, who will carry the baton through Falkland on Thursday (June 26) before attending the QBR event at Falkland Palace, said:

“Not everyone is going to want to become a performance athlete, but no matter what level you go on to compete at it’s so important to stay fit and healthy through being active.

“Glasgow 2014 is shining the light on sport once again and it gives us a great opportunity to encourage people to get involved.

“Through the ‘Unleash your sporty side’ campaign, and other intitatives being driven by governing bodies, it’s great that people are getting the chance to try out different sports they wouldn’t normally take part in.

“I am delighted to have been part of sportscotland’s ‘Unleash your sporty side’ campaign, although seeing my picture on the side of a van in the advert was a bit surreal.”

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “There has never been a better time to get into sport. The Commonwealth Games has created excitement across the country and sportscotland wants to use this enthusiasm to deliver a lasting sporting legacy for Scotland.

“We’ve set up 131 community sport hubs all over the country, making it easier than ever to step out your door and get involved in sport.

For more information about the unleash your sporty side campaign, go to www.sportscotland.org.uk/unleash or get involved on Twitter using #sportyside.