Olympic medallists unveiled as Glasgow 2018 Bid Champions
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
March 24 – Three of Team GB’s medal winning athletes at London 2012 Olympic Games were unveiled as Champions for Glasgow’s Bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The three athletes are Katherine Grainger CBE, four-time silver-medallist, Michael Jameieson, swimming silver-medalist, and Jade Jones, first-ever Team GB taekwondo Olympic gold-medallist.
The Glasgow Bid hopes to capitalise on the opportunities created by the London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to put the city in a unique position to host the Games.
“Glasgow has an outstanding track record of hosting major sporting events,” Grainger said. “Over the years the city has shown it has what it takes to put on a show and this is exactly what it aims to do in 2018. Glasgow 2018 will inspire young people to be champions in their lives. We want to reach out to young people across the world and make 2018 a year to remember for young people.”
“Having grown up in Glasgow I am passionate about this Bid and the commitment in Glasgow to developing sport at all levels,” Jamieson said. “Glasgow is a vibrant, energetic and passionate city and one that the young people of the world would respond to in 2018.”
“Youth Olympic Games hold a special place in my heart,” Jones said. “Singapore was the start of an incredible Olympic journey for me and I would love to see the Youth Olympic Games come to Glasgow in 2018. London 2012 showed just how passionate the British public is when it comes to sport and that is what young people can expect in Glasgow. I know that Glasgow will be the beginning of a great Olympic career for so many young athletes.”
“The biggest strength of our Bid to bring the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Glasgow is our young people,” Glasgow 2018 Bid Director Paul Bush said. “They are at the very heart of everything we do and will ensure that we reach out across the world. Our Bid is not just about Glasgow, Scotland, and the UK – it is about bringing together young people from all over the world for truly world-class celebration of sport.”
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