Making a splash at the Olympics

Michael Jamieson
Michael Jamieson

A LOCAL Olympian has become the latest high profile star to throw his weight behind Glasgow’s bid for the 2018 youth Olympic games.

Michael Jamieson, a former Glasgow school of sport pupil who won a silver medal at London 2012 in the 200M breaststroke, believes his home city would be the perfect choice.

The swimmer also won silver at Delhi’s 2010 Commonwealth games and hopes to go one better at Glasgow 2014.

The 23-year-old said: ““When I was 12 years old I moved to Glasgow School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy. That coupled with a move to the City of Glasgow Swim Team at Tollcross was when I made the decision that this was the career path I wanted. I knew then that I wanted to be an Olympian.

“I had five years at the school which gave me a great head start in teaching me life skills that I still use today as a professional athlete. I learned about time management, organisation and balancing my academic studies with my sporting commitments.

He continued: “When I was youngster it was all about getting to the Olympic Games and winning an Olympic medal and it was around 2007 when it became a realistic target. I prepared for this year and prepared to win a medal at the Olympic Games. It has been a bit of a whirlwind since the Games but that has been my career highlight so far.

“I am a champion in my life and I support Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games”.

The Glasgow 2018 ‘Be a Champion in your Life’ campaign has already won the support of the Prime Minister David Cameron and Olympians including Dame Kelly Holmes.

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international sporting event for the best young athletes in the world that aims to inspire young people to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values. The event will see young athletes (15-18 years of age) compete in all 28 Olympic sports over 12 days of world-class competition.

Glasgow became the UK’s Candidate City for the 2018 YOG in February 2012

The BOA are to submit their final YOG candidature file to the International Olympic Committee by October 15.