ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey used his first speech in the Scottish Parliament to outline the importance of sport in Scottish society.
Mr Dey praised Arbroath FC and the golf events taking place at Carnoustie to highlight how he believes sport can lead to a healthier and more confident nation.
He told the chamber: “Sport not only helps to shape a healthier nation; it builds confidence, lifts the spirit and instils a sense of pride.
“In Angus South, we could not be prouder of our only senior football club, Arbroath FC, which during the season that just ended lifted the first major honour in its 133-year history.
“The next few years promise to enhance greatly Scotland’s standing in the sporting world.
“In the short term, I look forward to the Women’s Open coming to Carnoustie, my home town.
“As we have heard throughout the debate, 2014 promises to be truly special.
“I am certain that, just as the people of Edinburgh got behind the event then, so the good folk of Glasgow will in 2014.
“Indeed, I am sure that the whole of Scotland will get behind the games and the Ryder Cup and that those events will provide a huge boost to our sense of national pride and confidence.” Mr Dey also used his maiden speech to pay tribute to his predecessor Andrew Welsh, who stepped down from politics at the May election.
He added: “Andrew never tired of telling people how proud and honoured he felt to have been elected by the people of Angus to represent their interests and those of Scotland in the Parliament. I now know how he felt and I acknowledge what a hard act I have to follow.”