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Glasgow 2014: Five star names take on ambassador roles

Nicola Adams, Allan Wells, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Michael Jamieson and David Carry
Image caption Nicola Adams, Allan Wells, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Michael Jamieson and David Carry will help promote the 2014 Glasgow games

Five more athletes have been unveiled as official ambassadors of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - a week before one million tickets go on sale.

Three Scots are among the group - former Olympic 100m gold medallist Allan Wells and swimming stars Michael Jamieson and David Carry.

They are joined by heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and boxer Nicola Adams.

Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington, Billy Connolly are Martin Compston have already been named as ambassadors.

Ennis-Hall and Adams, who were both gold medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics and Jamieson, who won swimming silver, will feature in promotional posters from Monday.

TV advert

From next week - to coincide with the sale of tickets - they will be seen in a 40-second TV advert, narrated by Scottish actor and Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd.

Image caption Scots actor Kevin McKidd will narrate a promotional TV ad for the 2014 games

The advert will be aired across Scotland and the North of England, and shown in cinemas, and feature the soundtrack "Let's Go" by Scots DJ Calvin Harris.

Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said he was delighted to have five high-profile names on board to help promote the games.

"Each one of them is, without doubt, a great ambassador for his or her own sport, for sport in general and for the passion, commitment and hard work it takes to be a sporting champion," he said.

"Sharing their excitement and knowledge about the sporting spectacle coming to Glasgow and Scotland next year will be inspirational.

"I know they will all play an important role at the heart of Glasgow 2014, inspiring people across the Scotland, the UK and the Commonwealth to make the most of the games and the thrilling festival of sport that awaits us all."

Ennis-Hill said she was "really excited" about her new role, adding: "My goal is to add the Commonwealth gold medal to my Olympic, World and European ones - the full set would be amazing."

Adams said the games was a "huge deal" for her. "It's another opportunity to create history and win the first women's Commonwealth Games Boxing medal," she said.

Glaswegian Jamieson said swimming at the games in his hometown would be "one of the highlights" of his career. "I can't wait and I'm going for gold," he said.

Fellow swimmer Carry said competing at a Commonwealth games was "spine-tingling and unforgettable". "I hope the whole nation gets behind the athletes competing," he said.

Olympic sprinting champion Wells said the games would bring out the best in the great athletes competing. "I look forward to playing a part as we continue on our journey over the next year," he said.

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