A CRIEFF youngster will be able to drive change in Scottish sport, after being selected to be on a unique panel for the next two years.

Rian Harvey was picked from among 156 applicants to be part of the fourth Young People’s Sport Panel, representing youngsters from across Scotland and shaping the future of sport in the country.

The Crieff High School pupil competes with Stirling Swimming Club and met his fellow panel members at the end of last month.

The panel is led by sportscotland and is supported by Young Scot to provide a national platform amplifying young voices.

It was a rigorous selection process that begin in January with the 19 panellists confirmed six months later.

Rian, 15, hopes to use his new position to inspire more youngsters into sport and to promote his favourite: swimming.

He said: “My main ambition is to improve sport in Scotland and I hope as a panel we can make a difference for the future. I would hope to encourage and inspire more young people to get involved in sport and the benefits it brings.

“I would also like to promote more swimming in primary schools, allowing all children to achieve this essential life skill.”

Part of his role will be to create online content to entice his peers – much of this will be hosted on young.scot/ypsp and other various channels.

Stewart Harris, CEO at sportscotland, said: “I want to congratulate our 19 new panel members who have come through a rigorous recruitment process.

“That alone is a wonderful achievement and they have already shown skill and ability beyond their years.

“I look forward to seeing the positive impact their passion and dedication will have on Scottish sport over the next two years.

“I’d also like to give special thanks to the departing panel members who had an extremely successful two years and achieved so much, their hard work and enthusiasm was truly inspiring.

“I am always impressed by the commitment and passion for sport these young people have.

“They‘ve made a real impact both at a local and national level helping to implement programmes such as the School Sports Awards.”