Current Youth Athletes

We developed the Youth Athlete programme as we wanted the help the struggling athletes of tomorrow.  The principle of the programme is to support young, emerging sporting stars in many different sporting disciplines.

Currently the programme has 12 athletes with various sporting disciplines. These include rallying, swimming, skiing, athletics, snowboarding, tennis, boxing, and golf. If we can say that we were part of the next big sporting stars journey, we’ll be pleased to know that we helped create an athlete who can inspire people to invest in sport.

Kieran McMaster

Boxer "Elite Senior"

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Kieran McMaster, is a Senior Amateur Boxer and is the current British Amateur Silver medallist. Kieran travelled worldwide representing Scotland and Northwest ABC in 2015, where his boxing saw him travel to England, Wales, Serbia, Poland, Portugal, Kosovo and the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa. Kieran picked up the Gold medal and best bout of the Lah Nimani Tournament in Kosovo and the Bronze Medal at the Youth Commonwealth games.


3 x Western District Champion
2 x Scottish Open Champion
2015 Youth Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist
Lah Nimani International Tournament Gold Medalist 2015
Represented Scotland on 12 occasions

Lewis Gibson & Lilah Fear

Ice Dancers

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Lewis Gibson and Lilah fear are Ice Dancers aiming for stardom representing the UK on a world-wide platform. The pair achieved European, World and Olympic qualifying scores in first season together and are hot tipped to have the potential to be the next Torvill and Dean. Lewis and Lilah compete all over the world and are aiming to make their first appearance representing Great Britain at the winter games in 2018 or 2022.

2016/17  Senior British Ice Dance Championships, 1st
2016 ISU Challenger Series Lombardia Trophy (Italy), 2nd
2016 ISU Santa Claus Cup (Hungary), 2nd
2016 ISU Open d'Andorra (Andorra), 4th
2016 ISU Cup of Nice (France), 5th
2016/17 ISU European Figure Skating Championships (Czech Republic), 15th
2017/17 World Figure Skating Championship Team (Finland), 22nd

Nicole Ritchie

Skier, Alpine

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Nicole is an Alpine Skier, competing hard to pull up her rankings and make her dream of competing in a winter games come true. This season has been great for her with her rankings breaking the top 10 in all of her disciplines with a 4th in the Slalom, 6th in the Giant Slalom and 9th in the Super G.

6x Scottish Artificial Slalom Overall Female Champion
7x Scottish Artificial GS Overall Female Champion
6x Scottish Indoor Slalom Overall Female Champion
5x British Indoor Slalom Overall Female Champion
Scottish Alpine Nevis Range Overall Female Champion

Olivia Vareille

Mid-Distance 800m Runner

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Olivia is a mid-distance track runner, favouring the 800m discipline. At only 16, she is one of the country’s up and coming talents and currently ranks no.1 in Scotland for her age group. She won her first vest for Scotland in 2015 and her big dream is to represent her country in the commonwealth games.

Scottish champs u15 800m indoor and outdoor 2015
Scottish school champs 800m u16 indoor 2015
British bronze medal u15 800m indoor 2015
4th British champs u15 800m outdoor (2mns10s 85 - 4th quickest ever ran by an u15 girl in Scotland)
Scottish champs u17 800m indoor and outdoor 2016
International game ( Scotland team) 4x300m relay team. Ashford 2016

Scott Quin

Parasport Swimmer, 100m Breaststroke

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Scott Quin holds the Paralympian record for SB14 category 100m breaststroke and won the silver medal in this event at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. He is the reigning IPC European champion and is ranked 1st in the world in the same event. Scott holds the world's best time in SB14 200m breaststroke. He has committed to another 4 year cycle of training, focusing on securing his place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Silver Medal at Rio 2016
Paralympian Record Holder
IPC European champion
Ranked 1st in the world

Ben Stitt


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A champion kickboxer from Kilmarnock, Ben Stitt joins the Youth athlete programme, aged 12. 

After winning his first international competition in Athens in 2018, he is now working towards achieving his black belt, which represents the completion of his basic training and is considered the ultimate goal in martial arts. 

Scottish, British and World Champion titles at the World Kickboxing Union (WKU) Championships

Gillian McGaw

Motorbike Racer

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Kilmarnock’s only female motorbike racer has joined the Youth Athlete programme.

The funding and support from QTS will enable 19 year old Gillian to secure the training and equipment necessary to compete at both UK and international competitions, including a full set of personalised racing leathers and maintenance of her ZXR400 Kawasakibike.

Sixth in the Ulster Grand Prix 2018, her biggest competition to date

Cody McManus


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Cody from Duddingston, has been boxing since the age of five. He will turn 11 this year and will be old enough to compete with Boxing Scotland, a goal he has been working for ever since he donned his first pair of gloves.

Inspired by Scottish professional boxer Josh Taylor after watching him in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Cody’s mum Denise decided to approach the local boxing club, Holyrood Boxing Gym.

Alongside his sporting aspirations, Cody is always thinking of his next fundraising challenge to support those less advantaged. In previous years, Cody’s Christmas Toybox, a charity event to give disadvantaged children Christmas presents, filled a boxing ring with £12,000 worth of toys and has received the support of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

ABAS best boxer title two years running

Jed McMillan


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Jed, who has been playing tennis since the age of four, will turn 12 this year and is fast progressing towards his ultimate goal of playing professionally.

To maintain his fitness and technique, Jed trains four nights a week with the Regional Development team for Scotland, once a week at Strathgryffe Tennis Club, and has additional one-to-one training with coach John Howie.

Winner of the West Scotland League in 2018
Took part in a demo as part of the Glasgow Trophy.

Harry McGarvie

Cyclo Cross Rider

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Harry first took up cycling when he was just 10-years-old and began competing in cyclocross five years ago. Cyclocross involves a mixture of off-road terrains and obstacles designed to force riders to dismount, and even carry their bikes.

Since becoming a member of the Ayr Burners, Harry has topped the table at the CX North East England series, as well as consistently reaching the top five positions in races co-ordinated by the Scottish Cyclocross Association, including Cross at the Castle and The Bike Shed Bute.

Third in the National Super Quaich 2019 series
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