Michael's a silver Celt in Paradise
By: Newsroom Staff on 20 Sep, 2012 09:56
THE highlight of Michael Jamieson´s year was the silver medal he won at the Olympics for a superb performance in the 200m breaststroke final. But running that a close second was taking a bow at Celtic Park during half-time of the UEFA Champions League match against Benfica.
The Olympic star is a massive Celtic supporter and he was thrilled and delighted to be invited to Paradise and take a bow in front of his fellow fans. And, not surprisingly, he received a tremendous welcome from the crowd.
Michael´s thrilling swimming final was shown on the big screens ahead of Celtic´s Euro qualifier against HJK Helsinki, and set the scene for a great night as he won a silver medal.
Speaking to the official Celtic website, Michael said: "I was more nervous about going on to the pitch at half-time than I was before the final in London.
"I´ve been a Celtic fan for as long as I can remember. My Dad and Granddad have been lifelong fans and I went to my first game when I was about six, so I started quite early.
"I had a season ticket through 1997/98-2002/03 so I came here for a good few years. I would sit in the Jock Stein Stand and if ever I had a swimming competition or training I would just swap my ticket with my uncle.
"It was unbelievable to hear my race was shown on the screens at Celtic Park and thanks to everyone at the club for organising it, and also to all the fans who were there that night supporting me.
"I´m guessing it´s a first to have a swimming race shown before a match at Celtic Park so it was great.
"I feel really privileged that the club would consider showing it. It also, in a way, shows how far minority sports have come in the UK and how much everyone really embraced the Olympics and the Paralympics this summer."
And Michael´s biggest fan is now Celine McEvoy of Balornock. Because the Olympic Celt drew her ticket out as the winner in the half-time Paradise Windfall draw, sponsored by The Kitchen Depot. And Celine walked away with a cheque for FIFTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS.