Conlan to be NI ambassador at Games

Conlan to be NI ambassador at Games

Belfast boxer Michael Conlan has been chosen to be an ambassador for the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 11-day event will showcase the best in sporting ability across the Commonwealth and in lead up to the competition, energy company SSE has chosen ambassadors in a bid to people to get behind their home nation.

Conlan, who took bronze in flyweight boxing at the London Olympics last summer, said he is delighted to be chosen to be NI's ambassador for the Games.

The 21-year-old said he is determined that he will also be remembered for his achievements in the ring at the event as well.

"I want to go to the Commonwealth Games next year and get gold because I failed in Delhi in 2010, I was only a kid and had a bad performance in my first fight," he admitted.

Sir Chris Hoy will lead SSE's Home Nation ambassadors as they go for gold at Glasgow 2014.

Ambassador for England is Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Becky James for Wales and Eilidh Child for Scotland.

Ballykelly sprinter Sally Brown was also chosen as NI ambassador as part of the para-sports events.

Conlon hopes the role will inspire the younger generation to see the opportunities in sport.

"Kids in Northern Ireland, there's some really, really good athletes to inspire them and it's really important to me to be a role model. I have to do a good job," he added.

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 '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.

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