One year to go for a great Glasgow sporting party!
It comes as little surprise to discover the charismatic Max Whitlock MBE has been named as an official ambassador for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
The announcement was made at a special ‘One Year To Go’ celebration event at the SEC, in front of the exuberant sporting media. And just to make for an even better photo opportunity, he was joined by the new face of Glasgow 2018, namely Bonnie the seal.
Great anticipation is already building, as the Championships put this vibrant cultural city very much in the spotlight. It will also combine the existing European Championships for Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon along with a new Golf team championships, across 84 sessions of amazing sporting action. It is of course, the biggest sporting event to be held in Scotland since the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Something 24-year-old Max remembers well as he explained to the media: “The Commonwealth Games and World Championships are some of the best memories that I’ve had in gymnastics competitions, and some of the best results that I can look back and be really proud of. I’m really excited about Glasgow 2018 – it is always great to compete at a multi-sport event and I have always loved it here in Glasgow. The crowd is always amazing and give you that extra lift. It can make such a difference to your performance out there on the podium.”
Most Successful Gymnast In History
Max has good reason to look back with such fondness having lifted Commonwealth and World Championship gold medals in Glasgow’s wonderful Hydro Arena. In fact, he is a five-time Olympic medalist, winning two golds and three bronzes, and a five-time world medalist on the same apparatus with one gold and four silvers. He became Britain’s first ever gold medalist in artistic gymnastics winning both the men’s floor and pommel horse exercises at the 2016 Summer Olympics. With 10 and three titles in Olympic and world championships, Whitlock is the most successful gymnast in his nation’s history.
As for the venue itself, The SSE Hydro is a multi-purpose indoor arena located within the Scottish Event Campus in the city. The arena was initially named The Hydro after its main sponsor, energy company Scottish & Southern Energy subsidiary Scottish Hydro. The arena was designed by the London-based architects Foster + Partners and officially opened on 30 September 2013. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games the SSE Hydro was home to the netball and gymnastic events. From October 23 to November 1, 2015 the SSE Hydro hosted the Artistic gymnastics world championships. There’s little doubt it’s now one of the world’s leading sports venues, with an electric atmosphere to match. More than 3,000 athletes will discover the whole Glasgow magic for themselves next year of course.
Max added: “I witnessed that first-hand during the 2014 Commonwealth Games and again at the World Championships the following year. So I have no doubt that Glasgow 2018 will be a huge success. I’d just urge fans to get their tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.”
An Event Glasgow Will Never Forget
Set to be one of the highlights of the sporting calendar, Glasgow can certainly look forward to an event the city will never forget. Everyone involved can rest assured the Championships are in good hands thanks one of gymnastics most likeable role models. For the newly married Mr Whitlock MBE, it’s a case of maximising the Ambassador for Glasgow.