British diver Tom Daley has been announced as the latest ambassador for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, joining fellow sports stars Sir Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington, who are to help promote the event.
Daley met fans in the Scottish city and told a packed audience about his hopes for Glasgow 2014 and the other sports he loves to watch including Badminton, Rugby 7s and Gymnastics.
The Olympic bronze medallist – who delighted his Scottish fans by wearing a kilt in the Glasgow 2014 tartan – also took part in a special dance routine with official Glasgow 2014 Mascot Clyde.
Daley commented, “I really loved my first experience of Glasgow today – abseiling from the Finnieston Crane was incredible, I met hundreds of my fans in the Fruitmarket and I had a go at playing Lawn Bowls at the Kelvingrove venue,” said Daley.
“What a friendly city! What a welcome! It’s obvious that the atmosphere here for the Games will be awesome and I can’t wait to be part of it all.
“I know there’s just one week for people to get their ticket applications in and I’d urge everyone to be part of this once in a lifetime event. Today was just a taste of what’s to come next year and I’m really excited to come back to defend my Commonwealth title in front of a brilliant home crowd.”
Tom started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club. He has made an impact in national and international competitions from age 9. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he was Britain’s youngest competitor, the youngest competitor of any nationality outside the sport of swimming, and the youngest to participate in a final. In 2009, Daley reached a career best ranking of number one in the FINA World Diving Rankings for the ten-metre platform.
He won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in the 10 metre synchro diving (with Max Brick) and the 10 m Individual Platform competition, and won the bronze medal for Great Britain in the individual competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.