OSS Ambassadors

OSS Ambassadors are united with OSS in it's mission to change the world through sport. They are inspirational role models who share a belief in the power of community sport to bring people together, break down barriers and foster a world of inclusion, and tangible and lasting benefits to health, education and the economy.

OSS Ambassadors

Scotland and GB international swimmer

Kathleen Dawson

Kathleen Dawson swims for the University of Stirling Swimming Team andwill be representing Great Britain in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics in the backstroke and relay events.
Kathleen was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland and moved to Warrington, England at the age of three. Now 23, she has been swimming at club level for the last 14 years, where she began swimming at Warrington Warriors Swimming Club. She has been competing seriously at a national and international level since 2013, when she competed at the European Junior Championships for Great Britain and later at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 for Scotland. Since then, she has competed at the European Championships in 2016, finishing third in the 100m Backstroke in 59.68 and becoming the first Scottish woman to break the minute. She also competed at the Budapest World Championships in 2017 where she finished eighth in the 100m Backstroke final. In 2018, Kathleen competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the European Championships.
After the Covid-enforced lay-off, she returned to the pool in devastating form in 2021 to become the fastest Brit to swim the 100m Backstroke outside of the suited era, timing 58.24, and securing her place in Team GB for the Tokyo Olympics. Then in May she picked up three gold medals and a silver at the European Championships in Budapest, breaking the British and European record in the 100m backstroke, and becoming the fastest European female swimmer and fourth in the world of all time in the 100m backstroke.
She has also always had a passion for art since she she was young, and has continued to draw and progress her art during the pandemic. She is also passionate about animals, and would like to have a role looking after animals after her swimming career.
Scotland's first disabled boxer to compete in mainstream competition

Rhys McCole

Former Scotland Internationalist and National Coach

Shelley Kerr MBE

Shelley Kerr MBE is one of Scotland's leading football internationalists and coaches, having played as a central defender for clubs in Scotland and England, won every domestic honour in Scotland, played in the UEFA Women's Cup and captained her country during a 19-year international career in which she won 59 caps.
As a coach, Shelley worked with Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Spartans before taking charge of the Scotland women's under-19 national squad in 2009. She gained the UEFA Pro Licence in 2013, and went on to lead Arsenal to two FA Women's Cups and Continental Cup. The Broxburn native made British football history when she took over as manager of the Stirling University men's team, the first female to take charge of a senior men's side in the UK, while studying for a degree. She then took over from Anna Signeul as Scotland women's national team manager and guided Scotland to their first women's World Cup Finals and first World Cup at any level since 1998.
She joined the OSS Board after stepping down from that position in December 2020, after four years at the helm, and took up a role as technical lead for the English FA, overseeing all national sides.
Scotland & GB basketball internationalist

Kieron Achara

Kieron has recently retired from professional basketball after a career spanning more than two decades. He studied at university in Pittsburgh, USA, and went on to live and play professionally in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria before returning back to Scotland to play for the Glasgow Rocks. He was captain of Scotland and Great Britain, earning 105 international caps and competing in the London 2012 Olympics and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Kieron currently works with various organisations championing athlete transition and mental health awareness as well as being patron founder of ‘Rocks in the Community’, which uses sport as a tool to better people’s lives.
He said: “I am indebted to sport as it was a tool that allowed me to believe that I was capable of achieving something. Sport is such a powerful tool to inspire, motivate and teach valuable life skills.
“Sport was something I enjoyed because I was accepted in it. Being extremely tall meant I stood out and felt uncomfortable with at times but it was an advantage in some sports, therefore it allowed me to embrace my uniqueness.
“When leaders in sport have the correct mindset, sport can be used as a tool to bring different communities together. There aren’t too many other things that can do this so successfully.
“This is why I truly love sport and feel it is my duty to help inspire those who do not know and understand sport, while also aiding in eradicating barriers to the gateways into sport.”
Scotland & GB badminton internationalist

Kirsty Gilmour

Kirsty has been one of Scotland's most successful sports women, having competed in the Commonwealth Games 2014 and 2018, the Rio Olympics in 2016 and currently on track for the Tokyo Games this summer. She has collected a haul of medals from those and other Scottish, European and world events, and been ranked in the world's top 14 for badminton - a rare feat for a British performer.
Away from the court, Kirsty showed her creative side in securing a BA in Creative Industries Practice (Film-making and Screen Writing), and as well as being an Ambassador for the Women’s Sport Alliance she has worked with fellow badminton legends, coaches and Badminton Scotland to launch the Badminton Academy Social Enterprise (BASE) in Glasgow, which she hopes will help take the game back to its community roots where people of all ages can have a go in their communities.
She said: “I’ve reached a point in my career where I have become reflective in a way I haven’t been up until this point, not just on my training and time on court but all the elements that have influenced my journey. I was extremely privileged to be born into a sporting family who gave me access to any activity I fancied trying my hand at. Nothing else prepares you for life in the way sport can and I want as many people as possible to experience that in a fun, safe and informed way. It's great to be involved with the OSS as any organisation that boosts and elevates sport at a community level, I support wholeheartedly.”
UK Ninja Warrior, skater and community sport leader

Ali Hay

Ali Hay gained global fame as the ‘Bearded Ninja’ appearing in the British and Japanese TV shows, ‘Ninja Warrior’, which tested competitors’ ability to cross hugely testing obstacle courses. From the Scottish Borders, Ali was a keen basketball player in his youth, representing Scotland before he moved into snowboarding and skateboarding and competing around the world.
Ali travelled extensively across the Southern Hemisphere and North America developing his sport and fitness career, before entering the ‘Ninja Warrior’ competitions and reaching three TV finals in the UK and being invited to compete in Japan. Now 32, with two young boys, Ali has developed the Ninja Warrior phenomenon by converting an old supermarket in Edinburgh into Scotland’s first Ninja Warrior UK Adventure venue, and is the Chair of UK Ninja Warrior, with the aim of inspiring people of all ages, individuals and families, to be active. He also raised over £250,000 to develop a community skate park and has continued to develop free community fitness activities, persuading a local authority to support re-modelling of parkland in his native Kelso. His community sport efforts earned him TSB Community Partnership, Rotary Club ‘Citizen of the Year’ and Daily Mirror Pride of Sports awards.