Sporty and spiky! Thistle man Clyde unveiled as mascot for Glasgow 2014
11:17 GMT, 20 September 2012
A 'thistle man' named Clyde has been unveiled as the official mascot of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The mascot is named after the river which flows through the host city and was chosen for its 'Scottish symbolism and Glaswegian charm and likeability'.
It is the first time in the event's history that the mascot has not been an animal.
Launch: Clyde will be the official mascot for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014
Glasgow 2014 ambassador Rebecca Adlington, Britain's most successful
Olympic swimmer, said: 'It was amazing to see the warmth and excitement
generated towards Clyde from all the youngsters.
'He was an instant hit and his cheeky character was clear for all to see.
'He's already a star in my eyes and huge congratulations to Beth for creating such a fabulous mascot.'
Spiky: Clyde was chosen for its Scottish attributes
Glaswegian swimmer Michael Jamieson, who won a silver medal at the London Olympics, added: 'Clyde is great fun and the perfect
mascot to spread the Glasgow 2014 message across Scotland, the UK and
'The games being 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.'
Glasgow 2014 chair Lord Smith said: 'The Glasgow 2014 mascot has been created for young people, and what better way to do that than through having a competition for those young people to design it.
'It is important that young people are at the heart of the games – Beth's design captured the imagination and the spirit of not only the games, but also of Glasgow and Scotland.
'Clyde is the cheeky but friendly face of Glasgow 2014 and will take the Commonwealth Games message to the people of Scotland.'