Orkney MSP Liam McArthur this week joined the Scottish Sports Association in championing the role of sport in Scotland.
The Scottish Sports Association (SSA), who held a reception in Holyrood, represent the needs of thousands of sportsmen and women, participants, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters.
The SSA are campaigning for a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland, and have called on politicians to become a “Sporting Champion to recognise the unique role, value and potential of sport in Scottish Society.”
In backing the campaign, Mr McArthur said:
“The success of our athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics will no doubt have inspired the stars of energy future. It is important that we use events like these to encourage greater participation in sport, not just amongst those who aspire to compete at the highest level but also the vast majority who just do it for fun.
“We are fortunate in Orkney to have a thriving and wide ranging network of sports clubs. This hopefully provides opportunities for anyone who wants to take part at whatever age or ability level.
"All of this does not happen by accident, however, and I would like to congratulate the Scottish Sports Association and their members on the excellent work they do all year round to promote and support sport in Orkney and across the country. Sadly there may not be much that anyone can do to improve my table tennis skills".