Young Volunteer of the Year Finalist – Megan Curling

She may only be 16 but Megan Curling is on a mission: to change the lives of girls in Bridgend for the better.

A tall order indeed but already this impressive teenager, a Gold Young Ambassador for Bridgend, is making a difference:

“In my school, girls have become more confident. We put on activities such as rollerblading, basketball and skills sessions.

“I enjoy sport so I like seeing other kids enjoy it too. It’s good to see them active and having fun. They don’t necessarily have the support and encouragement to be active at home so it’s important we do it.”

Megan not only has a mature attitude when it comes to recognising the importance of physical activity, she also brings flair and a spark to activities that perhaps only a 16-year-old could:

“We focus on the girls who don’t do much sport so we do things a bit differently to entice them in – for example, we offer them the chance of getting their hair styled after a sports session.

“We also put on rollerblading in the dark – anything to draw them in,” she chuckles.

As well as her commitments at Maesteg Comprehensive, she also goes back to her old primary school to deliver multi-skills sessions.

And on top of all that – plus her studies, of course – she manages to squeeze in the time to coach seven-year-olds at the local trampolining club.

Megan’s drive to make a difference has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this year, she was invited to London to help pitch to global business CGI in order to secure sponsorship for Bridgend’s annual Girl Power event.

Having successfully gained CGI as a sponsor, Bridgend then asked for Megan’s help once again at the Girl Power event where she impressed influential partners such as the Welsh Government, Communities First as well as CGI’s Vice President.

She certainly boasts an impressive CV and with bags of energy too, it’s safe to say we haven’t heard the last of Megan Curling.