Local sprinter Sally is named NI Ambassador for Games

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As an Official Partner of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, energy company SSE is looking forward to welcoming the Games to Glasgow for what is set to be a spectacular 11 days of competition.

As anticipation to next year’s event builds, SSE has launched its own ambassador programme in a bid to encourage people to get behind their Home Nation.

Sir Chris Hoy will lead SSE’s Home Nation ambassadors, including local athlete Sally Brown, as they go for gold at Glasgow 2014.

They are: Katarina Johnson-Thompson (ENG), Becky James (WAL), Eilidh Child (SCOT) and Michael Conlan (NI). And with Glasgow 2014’s sport programme having the largest number of fully integrated Para-Sports medal events in Commonwealth Games history, Libby Clegg (SCOT), Sally Brown (NI), Jade Jones (ENG) and Aled Davies (WAL) will also join the list.

Each ambassador will encourage the public to support their Home Nation and in doing so be in with a chance to win exclusive SSE rewards including ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences.

SSE is also an official Partner of all the four Home Nation teams through their four sub-brands: Southern Electric (ENG), SWALEC (WAL), Scottish Hydro (SCOT) and Airtricity (NI). Each ambassador will use these relationships to encourage the public to support their Home Nation.

To underpin its commitment to the Games, over the next four years SSE will also support the development of a group of young athletes who have been tipped as future sporting stars.

The 50 SSE ‘Next Generation’ ambassadors will receive funding, mentoring and access to state-of-the-art facilities in a bid to help fulfil their full sporting potential and create a living legacy for sport as a result of the Games.

Speaking about his SSE ambassador role, Sir Chris Hoy, also an Official Ambassador of Glasgow 2014, said: “I have fond memories of the Commonwealth Games as I won the first gold medal of my career at Manchester 2002.

“It is a great opportunity for everyone to experience the excitement of world class live action at the largest multiple sport event ever to be held in Scotland. I’m really looking forward to mentoring the SSE Next Generation athletes.

“It is crucial for each home nation to unite and show their support for these athletes before, during and after Glasgow 2014 - I know from personal experience how important that support can be.”

Wendy Barbour, SSE Director of Commonwealth Games and Sponsorship, said: “We are very proud to be associated with Glasgow 2014.

“Having customers and employees in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we are really looking forward to helping make these Games come alive for them and their communities.

“We are also excited to be working with our talented ambassadors to ensure this is an inspiring Commonwealth Games for every home nation and to be a part of what is set to be a fantastic Games experience.”

All of SSE’s ambassadors will be urging their home nation to build upon the momentum of London 2012 to ensure Glasgow 2014 is the greatest Commonwealth Games to date.

Tickets for Glasgow 2014 are now on sale, there won’t be a better opportunity to be a part of what is set to be a fantastic Games experience. Go to http://www.glasgow2014.com/for more information.

Tickets for all sports will start at just £15 with two-thirds of all tickets on sale for £25 or less.

There will be half-price tickets for under-16s and over-60s, and your ticket price will include public transport in the local area on the day of your event, which means you won’t have to worry about getting around!