Clyde, the official Glasgow 2014 Mascot who will be the friendly face of the Games over the next two years, has been unveiled by the banks of his namesake river. A patriotic and adventurous thistle, he was created by 12-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld.
Beth, who won four tickets to the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony as part of her prize, said: “I still can’t believe that my entry is now the Glasgow 2014 mascot – it’s amazing to see Clyde come to life and I’m so happy that my design and idea will now be seen by everyone across the world.”
Glasgow 2014 Chairman Lord Smith praised Beth’s design and its ability to capture the spirit of Scotland and the Commonwealth Games.
Lord Smith said: “The Glasgow 2014 mascot has been created for young people - and how better to do that than through a competition for those young people to design it? It is important that young people are at the heart of the Games, and Beth’s design captured the imagination and the spirit not only of the Games but also of Glasgow and Scotland.”
The unveiling, held at the BBC Scotland headquarters at Pacific Quay, saw Clyde flying into view on a zip-wire in dramatic style before meeting his creator Beth and high-fiving British Olympic swimmers Michael Jamieson and Rebecca Adlington.
Jamieson, who won silver in the 200m breaststroke at London 2012 and hopes to compete for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014, said: “Clyde is great fun and the perfect mascot to spread the Glasgow 2014 message across Scotland, the UK and the Commonwealth. He’s a true Glaswegian and you can’t help but smile when you’re in his company – I’m sure everyone who meets Clyde will feel the same.
“Having the Games in Glasgow will offer an amazing opportunity to showcase the city and Scotland. It’s incredible to know that world-class athletes from across the Commonwealth will be coming to my home city in 2014. Being able to compete in front of a passionate home crowd at Tollcross will be something truly special.”