My name is Ruairidh Mackenzie and I am currently studying Higher Sports and Fitness at Moray College UHI. I have been working as a Head Chef in the care industry for the last three years with a bit of agency work in between. It has been a priceless experience, managing a busy nursing home kitchen and staff, working closely with managers and nurses and monitoring and meeting resident’s dietary requirements.
I am a keen kickboxer and enjoy walking, running, swimming and being active. It is because of my interest in kickboxing that I am studying Sports and Fitness. My life experience so far, between kickboxing and cooking, has left me passionate about diet and exercise, the two key components to a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
I have recently become a dad with a daughter that’s just over 1 year old so I would like to be able to inspire her as she’s growing up to make healthy lifestyle choices.
I am good at kickboxing when I am committed to my training but because life can get in the way I haven’t been training for a few years now. I would like to get back into it properly and compete in competitions as I have been told I have a natural talent for it. I would like to build up and gain even more experience in kickboxing and possibly in the future I would like to open my own Kickboxing Club. I think that working in the exercise and leisure industry would be a rewarding career as I know how much exercise has helped me through hard times in my life. Martial arts and other sports clubs are also great for kids as it teaches them discipline and respect whilst they do a sport that they enjoy. It can help them focus better at school, gain confidence and go on to achieve bigger goals in life.
As part of my college course we have to do a voluntary placement that will take us out into the community to gain experience. When Dimitris the new Community Sports Hub Officer for Moray came into the college to give our class a presentation about Community Sports Hubs, he mentioned there was an opportunity for a Young Hub Leader (YHL) with the Elgin Cooper Park Community Sports Hub. The YHL programme has been developed for sportscotland by the Young people’s sport panel and it is a fresh approach to ensuring that every community sport hub has the views and opinions of young people at the heart of the decision-making process. Other aspects of my role are to attend the Hub meetings, help with the marketing and promotion of the Hub and write a blog about the latest Hub news every 15 days. Although I have to do a voluntary placement for my college course, I am pleased to be involved with this anyway as it will benefit the wider community in Elgin where my daughter currently lives.
I already have an interest in community learning and development so when this opportunity came along I wanted to make the most of it. I have attended a couple of meetings so far and have really enjoyed getting to know more about the local sports clubs that are involved within the Elgin Cooper Park CSH. I am really pleased to be part of the Elgin Cooper Park Community Sports Hub and look forward to actively contributing towards its development!
Young Hub Leader
Elgin Cooper Park Community Sports Hub