Cosgrove’s First Young Ambassador of The Year Appointed
Cormac O’Hara was announced as our first Young Ambassador of the Year at our annual Sporting Dinner in October. Cormac, who has received support from Cosgrove for three years, has used his love of running to overcome the challenges of autism, epilepsy and anxiety.
He was thrilled to meet Judy Murray OBE – mum of tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray – after delivering his speech at the event.
Cormac said: “It was exciting to meet her. She gave me some hints and tips on public speaking and about sport.”
Cosgrove selected Cormac to represent our charity after hearing him tell others about the challenges he has faced. Cormac was also recently selected for the Team GB Paralympic Pathway initiative; which spots talent and provides help to train budding athletes and create future Paralympian’s.
Cormac, aged 17 from Newton Mearns, said: “The role involves speaking at public events and being an Ambassador for the charity, as well as a voice for young people who can’t speak for themselves. It’s a good challenge for me. I spoke at the dinner and I was bit nervous at first but, when I finished, I got a standing ovation.”
Heather Gray, Chief Executive said: “He is an inspiration to other young people and proof that, with the right support, you can achieve your hopes, dreams and potential. We are very proud to share in Cormac’s journey and successes.
Cosgrove’s Board, Senior Management and staff team held a celebratory afternoon tea for Cormac in early November and presented him with a plaque to honour his appointment and a cheque to support his training to represent Team GB at the Paralympics.