Vikki (25), from Edinburgh, works at Standard Life Aberdeen where she co-chairs their Young Persons Development Network. Vikki is also a football referee, refereeing both genders, and a FIFA Assistant referee internationally, volunteering at the Scottish FA as a Youth Ambassador of Change and leading the Women’s team at Edinburgh and District Referees Association encouraging females to start refereeing Football.
Which young Scot inspires you?
Eilidh Earle-Mitchell just completely inspires me. Please read up on her and her journey she is absolutely amazing. Long story short, she has two different conditions which affect her spine and joints but she puts all that passion into designing prosthetics. Firstly for 3rd world countries and now her other project which creates a silicone and spring steel casing that goes over prosthetic as she calls it pimping up your prosthetics! Please read her story here its amazing http://www.ywcascotland.org/eilidh-earle-mitchell/.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I have been very lucky to live in two fantastic cities; Edinburgh and Dundee, I think the people in Scotland just make it and having such beautiful cities and landscapes just make this place the best place to live. We have everything if you need if you look for it, and great people who just want to do the best for everyone.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would love for the older generation to not have a stigma of young people and really give them a shot. I have been so lucky in the roles I have managed to land but I know not everyone is offered the same options. The work I get to do with the Scottish FA is fantastic and really shows a change in the times allowing young people to help shape the future of a business.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
In June 2017 I climbed Kilimanjaro with 60 other women to break a world record of the highest game of football in the world. The reason behind this was to break the barrier of gender equality in sports. Women climb mountains everyday just to be able to play a sport they like, so to be able to showcase these women and their stories to spread this message has to be my greatest achievement to date.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would really love to keep doing what I’m currently doing in the Gender Equality space but continue to grow it. The initiative that we climbed Kilimanjaro with is called Equal Playing Field and the work they are doing is fantastic I would love to be able to grow on that opportunity. Hopefully one day we won’t need people pushing these initiatives as there will be no divide in gender equality but until then..
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Speak up; I believe if you are thinking something speak up about it there is a very high chance that someone else is also thinking it. When I went up Kilimanjaro with the 60 women and heard them speak I realised that we all had the same message idea and that if 60 people can go back to their own countries and spread this message that’s how a movement is started.
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