About the Perth and Kinross Lieutenancy

Jim Hunter presented with BEM

Jim Hunter has dedicated an extraordinary and impressive lifetime of service to young people in sport.  Specifically, his service has been to make sure that absolutely everyone who wants to try out or participate in Track & Field athletics, has been able to. For this he has been recognised by Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the award of a British Empire Medal for Inclusion in Sport. Jim has been on a mission for almost 40 years to increase the participation for all in the sport that he loves.  Since his first supervision of the younger groups when he was just 16 years old, Jim has worked hard to create that little bit of magic that makes their sporting experience enjoyable. Coaching used to just be offered during term time but now covers the school holidays with varied programs like ‘Run, Jump & Throw’ for 5-12 year olds, and, ‘Get into Summer’ for 11-19 year olds.  Jim has embraced working in partnership with national organisations like Scottish Athletics, Scottish Disability Sport and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.  his work with groups such as Physios, Autism Support and Vision PK, amongst many others, has allowed him to ensure that the club delivered programs covering all ages, all abilities and were fully inclusive. This has enabled large numbers of children and young people to take part in sport with all the physical, mental and social benefits that participation brings. Jim’s guidance has developed the club well beyond a simple athletics organisation into a facility which is fully inclusive and accessible to the local and wider community. This has had the direct effect of building confidence and focus and improving both physical and mental health, where it is most needed.

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