Jennifer’s set for Games ceremony

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Newton Mearns woman Jennifer Anderson is leaving the office behind to step onto the global stage at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Jennifer, a legal officer at sportscotland, was selected from thousands of hopefuls auditioning for a chance to perform at the big event at Celtic Park.

More than one billion people will be watching on July 23 — with 40,000 spectators and a global television audience — and 28-year-old Jennifer is delighted to have been chosen to play her part.

She said: “I can’t wait to be part of this historic occasion.

“Working at sportscotland, I’m surrounded by the ongoing preparations for Glasgow 2014 every day — so that made me really want to involved.

“It will be an amazing experience to step out onto Celtic Park, and certainly one I’ll never forget.”

Jennifer is one of 3,000 people making up the cast of the opening and closing ceremonies — although organisers remain tight lipped about the entertainment itself.

What is promised is a showstopper, as Glasgow 2014 works with Jack Morton Worldwide, an international events company who produced the ceremonies for Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006, and the Athens Olympics, as well as the 2010 World Cup.

The opening ceremony will include the Queen reading the message contained within the baton travelling across the Commonwealth — this act will declare the Games officially open.

Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland and leader of Glasgow’s successful bid for the Games, added: “I’m delighted that Jennifer and so many other staff have taken the opportunity to get involved.

“This is a unique period for Scottish sport and we must unite as a nation to ensure we capitalise on the opportunities which are available to get involved in sport and physical activity.”

The sportscotland chief added: “Glasgow is set to be the best Commonwealth Games in history and with the home crowd cheering on Team Scotland, our athletes are all set to deliver.”