In the lead up to May’s Scottish elections the Aberdeen Donside MSP signed up to the SSA’s VoteforSport campaign: “I pledge as a Sporting Champion to recognise the unique role, value and potential of sport in Scottish Society.”
In becoming a Scottish Sporting Champion Mark McDonald said:
"I attended a Scottish Sports Association reception in parliament which gave MSPs the opportunity to be recognised as sporting champions, helping support and promote sport locally in our constituencies.
"I also got the chance to try out some sports including table tennis, and then took on former Scotland rugby international, Scott Hastings, at floor curling.
"I think it best I don't divulge the result of our match, suffice to say I won't be troubling the selectors for the Winter Olympics."
Kim Atkinson, CEO of the Scottish Sports Association, said “We are delighted to welcome Mark McDonald MSP as a Scottish Sporting Champion. While the last Parliamentary session witnessed the most successful performance cycle for Scottish sport, along with successes across many sports in increasing membership and volunteering at the grassroots of sport, the successes of Scottish athletes in the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics this summer have already set a new standard which we hope can be exceeded in this Parliamentary term.”
“We hope that our Scottish Sporting Champion MSPs will help us to raise the importance of sport and for the vital work of our members to continue to be recognised and prioritised throughout this Parliamentary term.”
“Almost one-fifth of the Scottish population is a member of one of 13,000 sports clubs. We are delighted that as a Scottish Sporting Champion Mark McDonald can help us to provide an opportunity for this enormous community of interest to be appropriately recognised and to have a voice in Holyrood as we all continue to work in partnership to truly deliver a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.”
Further information on the VoteforSport campaign is available at: www.VoteforSport.com The campaign, launched on behalf of the Scottish Sports Alliance, had 417 Prospective Parliamentary Candidates signed up when the campaign closed on 3rd May. The total number of signatories included all parliamentary candidates running for the five major parties in Scotland (Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP) including the support of all five party leaders.
Further information on the SSA’s #WhySportMatters resources is available on the SSA website: http://www.thessa.org.uk/details/60/39/whysportmatters
The Scottish Sports Association is unique as the independent and collective voice for Scottish Governing Bodies (SGBs) of sport. We represent their interests and currently have 52 full members and 18 associate members. Further information on the SSA is available via: www.thessa.org.uk Our 52 members represent:
- 13,000 sports clubs
- 195,000 volunteers
- 90,000 coaches
- 900,000 sports club members in Scotland.