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 joined the Microgaming Ambassadors programme in June 2017, lining up alongside Laura Kinley and Joseph Ricciardi. 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, having won three gold medals and two silvers at the 2015 British Disability Championships.
Not only is Ben a member of the Microgaming Isle of Man Para Swimming Team, but in 2016 he was also selected to join the British Swimming Para Academy in preparation for the 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.
A gifted young swimmer, Laura came of age in 2012 when she won 22 medals and set 15 individual and team records at the Isle of Man Championship. That same year she won five medals (one bronze, three silver and a single gold) at the North West Regional Championships in Manchester. She also claimed silver at the North Zonal Region Championships in Sheffield, setting a new Isle of Man junior and senior record on her way to qualifying for the 100m breaststroke at the London Olympic Trials (open age category).
At the British International Meet a year later, Laura eclipsed Team GB’s record holder as she powered her way to sixth in the 50m breaststroke final, finishing just behind the Olympic and European champions. We value Laura’s contribution to the programme and we are very much behind her as she sets her sights on swimming stardom.
Joseph was unveiled as a Microgaming Ambassador a fortnight before his 18th birthday in April 2015. The teenager had entered his first competitive triathlon with the Manx Tri Club three years earlier, setting a new junior record on his way to victory and cementing his ambition to compete at the highest level. A rigorous training programme helped Joseph develop his raw talent to complete seven triathlons in 2014.
Notable achievements to date include a tenth-place finish in the London Virgin Active Triathlon, which attracts some of the world’s strongest triathletes, and the fastest bike split in the British Triathlon Championships where he placed sixth overall. 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.