A TEENAGER is on a mission to encourage other girls to take part in all kinds of sports after taking on a key role with a national organisation.

Rhianna McGee, 16, has been chosen to inspire the next generation as a sportscotland young ambassador and is set to lead inspirational conferences across Scotland starting this September.

The Clydeview Academy pupil from Gourock was delighted to be accepted and is hoping to motivate more girls to get involved in sport.

Rhianna said: “I have always loved sports, typically team sports such as basketball, football and rugby.

"I've played all kinds of sports throughout school and the young ambassador programme just seemed right for me.

“I want to motivate girls in my school to take part in any sport, no matter the stereotypes.

“To know that I will be inspiring others is an amazing feeling.

"If I can motivate at least one person to take the step and try a sport then I will have made a difference in someone’s life.

"I can’t wait to start.”

Rhianna, who was selected following a rigorous recruitment process, will join 30 other young people from across the country who will organise and deliver six conferences designed to inspire the next generation of sports leaders.

Although excited to get started Rhianna admitted that she is a little nervous.

She said:“I am most looking forward to the conferences.

"I will be delivering talks in front of large groups of people and meeting all the other members who are on the team and making new friends.

“The only aspect which I am apprehensive about is being able to speak in front of so many people.

"However, when the time comes I am sure I will be able to handle it.”

Stewart Harris, sportscotland chief executive, said: “We encourage our young ambassadors to motivate and inspire others to get into sport, helping shape decisions to ensure youngsters have the best possible sporting experience across Scotland.”