Three notable county residents have joined the judging team of the council’s If I Were Provost competition, held as part of the Year of Young People.

Callum Mark from Foxlake Adventures, Celia Hodson from Hey Girls and athlete Maria Lyle will be joining Provost John McMillan and Councillor Shamin Akhtar on the judging panel.

The ‘If I Were Provost’ competition asks young people what would they do if they were ‘in charge’, how they would improve life for young people in the region, what new policies they might introduce and why. Young people are invited to share their ideas in a creative way, for example, in a short story; a letter to the current, Provost John McMillan; a poem; a diary entry or blog; a graphic comic strip; or any other creative approach.

Callum is General Manager at Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar, Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park, which recently scooped Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience for the second year in a row at the Scottish Thistle Awards. Celia Hodson, from Stenton, is the founder of Hey Girls, a social enterprise that aims to supply schoolgirls with free access to sanitary products. Since launching in January this year, more than 3,500 boxes of sanitary towels have been donated to women and girls in need. Maria Lyle is a triple Paralympic medallist, a 5-time world medallist and a 5-time European champion and recently brought home a silver medal from the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The inspirational 18 year old from Dunbar, has established herself as one of the most recognisable Paralympic athletes in Scotland.

Maria Lyle, a parasport athlete said:

"I am thrilled to be part of the panel judging this competition. There are amazing achievements from young people taking place every day across East Lothian’s schools, sports clubs, youth groups and beyond and it’s great that we have this fantastic opportunity to showcase that. I can’t wait to hear all the brilliant ideas and submissions.”

Celia Hodson, founder of Hey Girls said:

“I am thrilled to be involved in judging this Year of Young People competition. The girls and young women I’ve worked closely with are all powerful individuals, who care about their health, are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference. They have helped Hey Girls become what it is today. I admire them greatly, and this competition is a great opportunity to promote one of East Lothian’s greatest strengths - its young people!”

Callum Mark, General Manager of Foxlake Adventures said:

“This Year of Young People competition is a fantastic opportunity to support local young people. For all of us at Foxlake Adventures we are very proud of the young people that we work with and their voices have always been at the heart of our plans. We are fully committed to giving local young people the opportunity to try out water sports and I can’t wait to hear the ideas and the differences young people want to make in their local communities across East Lothian”

East Lothian Provost John McMillan said: “I’m delighted that Callum, Celia and Maria will be joining Shamin and myself on the panel to judge this competition. Council colleagues tell me that the entries received so far indicate that the young people have really taken this challenge on board and have put a great deal of thought into their entries. We’re all really looking forward to seeing the entries in due course, although it sounds like we’ll have a tough time deciding on our winners.”

For full details, visit www.eastlothian.gov.uk/provostcompetition - the closing date for entries is 9am on Friday 25 May 2018.

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2018