Team Scotland 2014 Swimmer Martin Cremin has been announced as patron of an award winning sports charity.
LEAP Sports Scotland – which works to remove the barriers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people often experience in accessing, participating, and excelling in sport -has announced that the swimmer is to become the first official patron of the charity. As a former Scottish Champion swimmer, and Team Scotland participant at last years Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Cremin has enjoyed a high profile over the past couple of years. He has also previously spoken out in the media about coming out as gay, and has highlighted the positive and inclusive experience he had within his sport.
Cremin said: “LEAP Sports Scotland has achieved a great deal in the short time that it has been operating. Pride House [which he visited during the Commonwealth Games] is one of my stand out memories from Glasgow 2014. I feel privileged to be joining the organisation at what is an exciting time for LGBTI sport in Scotland and I hope that I can use my role to help LEAP achieve its goals in the coming months”.
Hugh Torrance, Executive Director of LEAP Sports Scotland, said: “We are honoured and delighted that Martin has chosen to work with LEAP Sports Scotland, helping to raise the profile on what is shaping up to be a couple of busy and exciting years ahead for our work. Martin is a great role model for our community and an excellent ambassador for the power and potential that sport has in improving equality in society and changing people’s lives, and we look forward to working with him”.
Cremin, who represented Scotland in the 1500m freestyle at last year’s Commonwealth Games has since retired from the sport and is now turning his efforts towards a career in the police service and encouraging more people to participate in sport.