Jamieson unveiled as British Gas swimming ambassador
Monday, 24 December 2012
December 26 - Scottish swimming star Michael Jamieson, who won silver in the men's 200 metres breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has been unveiled as a swimming ambassador for British Gas for the next two years.
The 24-year-old from Glasgow, who won also won silver in the 200m breaststroke at the 2012 Short Course World Championships in Istanbul earlier this month, will now help to promote British Gas's sponsorship of swimming from grass roots to elite level.
"We are delighted to welcome Michael to the British Gas team as a swimming ambassador," said British Gas brand director Susie Plume.
"Michael trains at the British Gas ITC (Intensive Training Centre) in Bath and we have followed his progress closely during the three years of our swimming sponsorship.
"It was fantastic to see his great performance in London this summer and his swim in Istanbul last week reinforced his status as a great role model and ambassador for the sport."
British Gas has been the principal partner of British Swimming since 2009 and supports swimming at all levels in Britain.
This summer over 141,000 people took the plunge with the British Gas Free Swims for Britain campaign, which encouraged the public to support the elite swimming athletes in return for free swims.
British Gas also supported the post London 2012 British Swimming Heroes Tour, which saw Jamieson, double London 2012 swimming bronze medallist Rebecca Adlington and Britain's elite athletes from all aquatic disciplines hold special master classes around the country to inspire children to get involved in aquatic sports.
Meanwhile Jamieson, who holds the British record in the 200m breaststroke, will now be a British Gas swimming ambassador during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he will be favourite to take gold for Scotland in front of his home fans.
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