Joseph, Ben and Laura


Microgaming Ambassadors are individuals of outstanding ability, knowledge or repute who represent the company locally by attending charity functions, staff events, and the occasional gathering at Sixty Two.

The first ambassadors were all established or up-and-coming sports stars from the Isle of Man. In return for their association with the Microgaming brand, not to mention their invaluable tips on competitive training, we provided them with financial support as they competed in events across the globe. Launched in 2012, the Microgaming Ambassador Programme currently supports three of the island’s finest athletes.

Ben Grainger

Ben became an ambassador in June 2017 aged just 14 years old. The rising Para athlete, who is managed by the Isle of Man Swimming Association (IOMSA), has established himself as a promising talent in swimming.

Not only is Ben a member of the Microgaming Isle of Man Para Swimming Team, but he is currently training in the Isle of Man and with National Performance Centre in Manchester in preparation for the Summer 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Ben was named Disability Sports Person of the Year at the Isle of Man Sports Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Laura Kinley

A gifted young swimmer, Laura came of age having been advised that it would assist with her acute asthma. The swimming star has a number of bronze, silver and gold medals and was the only Manx swimmer in the 2010 Olympic Trials.

In 2017, Laura was picked to join the Isle of Man swimming team heading to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she took part in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and the women's 4x100m Medley and Freestyle Relays. Laura graduated from Loughborough University in 2018 and is back on the Isle of Man helping local swimmers while she competes.

Joseph Ricciardi

Joseph was unveiled as a Microgaming Ambassador a fortnight before his 18th birthday in April 2015, having entered his first competitive triathlon with the Manx Tri Club three years earlier and setting a new junior record on his way to victory and cementing his ambition to compete at the highest level.

The triathlete graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2019 and is currently based in Hertfordshire. Joseph is well on the way to accomplish his goal of becoming a top professional triathlete, and we are excited to be part of his journey.