Thursday 25th January 2018

Meet The Newest Member of Our Team

Not being biased at all, but our newest member of staff may have landed herself the most exciting, most challenging, and most importantly, rewarding, posts at SSS! She will aid in the delivery of our campaigns and member development alongside being at the forefront of fixtures and rules & regulations.

Leah Davidson has joined Scottish Student Sport (SSS) as the Development & Competitions Assistant at a truly exciting time. As we settle into the early stages of a new strategy, a new year, and a brand new staff structure, she is seeing SSS at the height of the what one might call ‘manic’ – but in a good way.

The Assistant role is completely new to the organisation and will support the work delivered both in development and competitions. Funny that. We mustn’t sell it short, however, with an increase in events and activity there was a desperate need for administrative support in both camps. As far as jobs go this one ticks all the boxes, incorporating event delivery, campaign management and taking charge of the fixture queries.

Enough about the role, let’s talk about Leah.

Leah, originally from Halifax – Nova Scotia, Canada, has swapped a view of the Atlantic Ocean for the Firth of Forth. As you well know we like to throw our new employees in at the deep end and this time was no exception. Leah joined us all for our Festive Lunch, with special guest Mark Beaumont, just before the New Year! If meeting us all while in the presence of MB wasn’t nerve-racking enough we threw in a very serious karaoke session for good measure. We know how to party.

Leah is no stranger to the UK, however, as she studied at the University of Edinburgh and worked as the Event Administrator with our friends at BUCS! Keith caught up with Leah to get the lowdown on her time there.

Tell us more about time there, what is life like in the offices in London?
Busy, being a part of a team which organises events for 47 different sports in such a short period of time means that there is a lot of activity going on all at once. But I really enjoyed my time at BUCS as I was introduced to new sports, able to see different parts of the UK in addition to working with some great people.

Tell us a little bit about your background in student sport, what sports do you like!
Due to an injury, I wasn’t able to compete in student sport during my masters at Edinburgh but I was a performance swimmer for three years at my uni in Canada! In addition to swimming, I enjoy watching ice hockey (as any true Canadian would) and rugby union.

What interested you in working at SSS? What was it about the job that pulled your interest?
The biggest thing was the chance to return to Scotland and continuing to work in student sport. Working at SSS will provide me with the opportunity to work more closely with our membership.

What excites you most about the role of Development and Competitions Assistant?
This newly established position will allow me to continue to build on my competition experience as well as provide me with the opportunity to work closely with the SGBs.

Finally, how have you enjoyed your time with us so far?
I’ve really enjoyed it! Everyone has been so welcoming and there has been a lot of chance to be active during the day including bouldering & lunchtime walks through Holyrood Park.

Well, that sounds like a win for us! It has been an absolute delight having Leah in the office and she has taken to her new role swimmingly. There is no doubt that she will take the position to a new level of success and is already establishing herself within the Scottish collective.

Leah Davidson

Development & Competitions Assistant
+44 (0) 131 650 9654