Image shows Max Mackenzie stood on a street in front of lots of people, smiling at the camera This week, we’re getting to know 5 of our recently recruited Youth Forum members. Next up this week we are learning more about Max Mackenzie!

  • Name – Max Mackenzie
  • Age – 17
  • Goalball Club – Birmingham Goalball Club

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I play for Birmingham Goalball Club and have been involved in goalball since March 2019. I got into goalball as I was looking for sport to get into since my diagnosis of my genetical condition BBS -Bardet Biedl Syndrome and had initially played rugby for a long time. Sport has been a big part of my life, from goalball I have gained important principles through the core values of rugby: respect, teamwork, enjoyment, and sportsmanship which I hope to bring to the forum.

I am a person of respect and discipline and hard work, giving one hundred percent effort. I am very passionate about goalball, in my short presence in the sport I have developed and grown as a person! I want to give back and be a positive role model to both new and existing players through the Youth Forum. I am excited to hear everyone’s opinions and ideas including my own as someone who is quiet thinker and problem solver.

What do you do outside of goalball?

I am currently at college where I am studying Design Technology, English Language and Biology at A-level.

In my spare time away from this and goalball I have many interests, one of them is that I am a huge Burton Albion fan and would be spotted on match day at the Pirelli Stadium and I am also an aspiring author.

What is something that inspires you?

One of my favourite quotes from one person that I do admire is the great Ayrton Senna `if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver`. You can interpret it how you wish but for me it is to show desire and ambition and that you have to take risks and make the most of the opportunities that arise.

We will be chatting to a member of the Youth Forum every weekday this week. Who will we be chatting to next? Come back tomorrow to find out!