Scottish Motor Sports (SMS), the new strategic body representing the interests of both two- and four-wheel motor sport in Scotland, has confirmed that Rory Bryant has been appointed as full-time National Development Officer.
SMS was formed as a result of a project started with sportscotland by the relevant governing bodies, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) in 2011. It provides a single channel for the sport to communicate with the Scottish Government and its associated agencies, such as sportscotland, Event Scotland and Visit Scotland.
Bryant, 25, holds a degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Edinburgh where he was also a member of the Motor Club. His competitive career began in karting, but after University he became Scottish Fiesta Champion in 2010 and 2011, before moving on to the British GT Championship.
Rory was appointed after a six-way interview process conducted by a small group of SMS members last month and will begin work on 7th November. Reporting to two governing bodies as well as acting as an integral part of the SMS management team, his first objective is to engage with the sport and the 104 car and bike clubs around the country. Identifying the issues facing the sport in Scotland will enable the creation of a strategic plan for the development of the sport, with submission anticipated to sportscotland later in 2014.
“We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of applicants for the post,” said Paul Carlyle, SACU Chairman. “But after a thorough interview process, Rory was the unanimous choice of everyone on the panel. He is a first generation motor sport participant and while he has personal experience of karting and racing, he demonstrated a broad understanding of motor sport in general and identified some of the challenges the sport faces. The creation of this position is a significant step forward for motor sport in Scotland and offers a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in shaping a bright future for Scottish motor sport.”
Rory will be based out of sportscotland’s offices in Edinburgh and will benefit from the provision of car courtesy of long-term motor sport supporter John Clark Motor Group.
For further information and the latest updates, visit www.scottishmotorsports.co.uk or follow @SMS_Scotland on Twitter.
6 November 2013