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The Modern Commonwealth

The Modern Commonwealth

17/01/2018, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 25498789
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The Commonwealth Column

The Modern Commonwealth

By Louise Martin CBE, CGF President

For immediate release, 16 January 2018

Everyone across the Commonwealth Sport Movement believes in the exceptional power of sport as a force for good. A force that brings us together, reconciles our differences and has the inspiring potential to change lives for the better. A force that drives our commitment to humanity, equality and destiny. A force that encapsulates our passion for and belief in the triumphant, generous spirit of humanity.
We are seeing this every day, in action, as the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay visits every terrain and time zone of the Commonwealth. The Baton is a powerful, celebratory and tangible symbol of today’s Commonwealth Games – carrying Her Majesty’s message of peace and unity – and celebrating and showcasing today’s Modern Commonwealth as it is passed from athletes to citizens, community leaders to school children.
Indeed, this message and this vision brings to life the Commonwealth itself - a voluntary association of 70 nations and territories. Among our membership are some of the world’s largest and smallest countries, from India, with over 1.2 billion people to Nauru with a population of just 10,000.  Our combined population of 2.4 billion represents a third of the world’s total population. More than 60% of Commonwealth citizens are under the age of 30.
The Commonwealth Charter brings together the values and aspirations which unite our diverse membership, outlining our joint commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law, to promote peace and prosperity and to improve the lives of all peoples of the Commonwealth. No matter the person’s race or religion, sexual orientation or gender identification, all people of the Modern Commonwealth should be treated equally.
In recent times, our Federation has done a lot of soul-searching to look at our impact and meaning. It is no accident that we built upon the very foundations of the Commonwealth, as enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter, to define what sets us apart as a thriving, relevant and modern sporting movement. In fact, I would argue that today, in 2018, the Commonwealth is more relevant than at any time in history.
In 2010, the Commonwealth Sport Movement reached a challenging chapter in its existence – when the very word and purpose of the ‘Commonwealth’ was questioned and the negative impacts of a Games on a host community were highlighted.
On the back of an extensive strategic review, and through a collaborative approach of cross sector partnerships at the local, national and global level - we all sought to change the script for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond – reflecting on who and what the Commonwealth Family is and why a Mega Sporting Event of the Commonwealth Games’ stature was so crucial to the modern world.  
This led us to being very explicit about the value we place on host communities and citizens, and the positive impact we seek to achieve in all that we do:
  • From protecting, promoting and safeguarding clean athletes
  • From publishing pre-Games and post-Games Human Rights reports
  • To embracing the fair living wage
  • To procuring ethically and sustainably, and implementing community benefit clauses in our tenders and contracts
  • To changing the face of accessibility standards and services for events and tourism
  • To actively promoting LGBT rights and embracing diversity every single step of the way
  • To promoting and fundraising for children’s rights through a global partnership with UNICEF – where £6m was raised for children during our Opening Ceremony in Glasgow

These are just some examples of how one city, in one nation with the power of one Games made a difference. And we have capitalised on this momentum and formalised this ambition into our own strategic plan, Transformation 2022.
Today, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is far more than the curator of a great Games. Our strategic blueprint marks a historic change in the movement’s focus from the four-year cycle of overseeing the Commonwealth Games to a wider, ambitious role of delivering sports leadership within the Commonwealth, based on partnership, engagement and value generation.
The Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April will demonstrate just how far we have come, and how committed we are to ensure that the benefits of the Games stretch beyond the thrilling impact of 11 days of sport. All our efforts are focused on delivering worldwide recognition and respect for the Gold Coast and Queensland, jobs and economic growth, community engagement right across Australia and, above all, the promise of greater reconciliation and social justice. It’s why Gold Coast 2018 will be the first Mega Sporting Event in Australia with a Reconciliation Action Plan, why Festival 2018 will celebrate the diverse and dynamic cultures of the Commonwealth, and why we’re proud to become the first multi-sport event in the world to create a truly level playing-field of gender equality – with an exactly equal number of medal opportunities for men and women. These very clear examples of progress are the reason the resurgent Commonwealth Sport Movement is alive, and thriving, today. These societal-driven causes are the Commonwealth Sport Movement’s raison d'être in the twenty-first century, and why we stand apart from any other sporting movement or institution worldwide.
With 6,500 athletes and officials from every corner of the Commonwealth, Gold Coast 2018 will be an inspiring and inclusive festival of community, culture and sport. It will be a loud and proud celebration of today’s Modern Commonwealth, and for that very reason we can all be excited.
2018 is The Commonwealth’s Year

2018 is The Commonwealth’s Year

14/01/2018, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 25467670
Media Release

2018 is The Commonwealth’s Year

New Year’s Message from the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation

Dear Athletes, Fans and Colleagues across the Commonwealth and beyond,

On behalf of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and entire Commonwealth Sport Movement, we wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. As we begin another year, we would like to take this opportunity to speak of our excitement for the twelve months that lie ahead.

It is important to acknowledge that 2017 was a challenging year for the Commonwealth Sports Movement, as in March we had to make the very difficult, but necessary, decision to explore alternative options for the hosting of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after Durban, South Africa was unable to honour its original bid commitments. This is not a decision any international governing body wants to make, particularly as we had and have such strong ambitions to bring the Games to African soil for the very first time. However, the expressions of interest we received to host the 2022 Games from 11 cities across the Commonwealth reinforced the current relevance and resonance of our Movement. Shortly before Christmas, we were delighted to announce the Executive Board’s decision to select the city of Birmingham, England as our 2022 Commonwealth Games Host City Partner. With its rich cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham is truly a great Commonwealth city, and therefore will be a very fitting location to host the XXII edition of the Games.

As we look ahead, with the XXI Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold Coast, Australia in just over twelve weeks’ time, preparations for Birmingham 2022 now underway, Commonwealth Day (Monday, 12 March) fast approaching as well as the hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) by the United Kingdom in London the week immediately following our Games, this year looks to be hugely important in the Federation’s 88-year history. Indeed, for the whole of the Commonwealth and its Sport Movement, 2018 is very much the Commonwealth’s Year.

With the power to positively impact societies through sport, the Commonwealth has never been more relevant than it is today. Take the work we have all done as the international sport leader in respecting, protecting and promoting human rights through our UNICEF partnership– which to date has positively impacted the lives of 11.6 million children Commonwealth-wide; or how we are leading the way in advocating reconciliation initiatives with indigenous people. We are emerging as the true global sport leader for gender equality issues, by openly addressing the imbalances existing in our sport Movement for female participation and representation. Along with the Gold Coast Organising Committee (GOLDOC), it is our collective mission to make Gold Coast 2018 one of the most gender-equal multi-sports event in history by: promoting greater gender parity of technical officials; ensuring gender parity in the number of medal events, so that for the first time men and women will compete for an equal number of medals; and by implementing the CGF’s Women’s Coaching Internship Programme, which will grow the capacity of female coaches across the Commonwealth. In all that we do, our Movement represents sport with a social conscience.

Last year, the CGF incorporated three entities.  In addition to becoming a UK limited company, both the Commonwealth Sport Foundation (CSF) and CGF Partnerships (CGFP) have been established. Once fully functioning in 2018/2019, the Foundation will fund programmes and projects that contribute to the sustainable development of sport throughout the Commonwealth. CGFP is the pioneering joint venture established with Lagardère Sports last July, to deliver the CGF’s new Games delivery model and Games commercial programmes. CGFP has commenced its work in earnest, as the preparations for Birmingham 2022 have begun.

Throughout the Commonwealth and the wider world, we can all eagerly look forward to Gold Coast 2018 beginning in just 86 days’ time. We have every confidence that Gold Coast 2018 will welcome athletes and fans alike with open arms, when the Games officially open on 4 April.

We look forward to our work with many of you over the coming year, as we continue to demonstrate to our friends across the world the strong relevance, passion and spirit of our Commonwealth Sport Movement.

Louise Martin CBE
CGF President

David Grevemberg CBE
CGF Chief Executive Officer
CGF Statement on 2022 Commonwealth Games Host City bid process

CGF Statement on 2022 Commonwealth Games Host City bid process

07/12/2017, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 25091062
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Media Release

CGF Statement on 2022 Commonwealth Games Host City bid process

For immediate release, 6 December 2017

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board today received an update from the Federation’s Evaluation Panel chaired by CGF President Louise Martin. The Panel was established to review and recommend the selection of the host for the XXII edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Since the Executive Board was empowered by the CGF General Assembly in October 2016 to identify an alternative 2022 Games host to Durban, South Africa, the CGF has undertaken a thorough and collaborative process involving a number of Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) and their governments. This process has involved the consideration of eight different cities to host the 2022 Games. Recently, the Executive Board took the decision to extend the process beyond 30 September 2017 to enable cities more time to develop their hosting propositions.

Today, from the 2018 Commonwealth Games Coordination Commission meeting on the Gold Coast, Australia, CGF President Louise Martin provided an update to the Executive Board. Following the President’s update, the Executive Board determined that it required further clarification on a range of issues identified by the Evaluation Panel before it can appoint a host city for 2022.

Louise Martin, President of the CGF said: “When the CGF General Assembly took the difficult decision to reallocate the 2022 Commonwealth Games, it delegated the Federation’s Executive Board the responsibility to award the Games. It is essential that we have fully examined all aspects of the cities’ bid submissions and expressions of interest, and that we are fully satisfied that the ultimate host for 2022 is capable of staging a Games that fully delivers for Commonwealth athletes and host communities.

“The CGF is close to making a decision to select the host city of the 2022 Games. We thank all nations who have participated in the process. We are also close to achieving significant Games legacy objectives, however we have been asked to provide a little more time in order for these to be realised, and in the interest of good partnership we have decided to allow this.

“The CGF is confident that we will make a final decision regarding the selection of a host city for 2022 before the year-end, but we will continue to remain flexible and collaborative in a true sense of partnership with potential hosts so that, above all, we have a decision that the entire Commonwealth can get behind.”
CGF Statement on 2022 Commonwealth Games host city bid process

CGF Statement on 2022 Commonwealth Games host city bid process

02/12/2017, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 25038888

CGF Statement on 2022 Commonwealth Games host city bid process

Over the last two months, since the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board’s decision to extend the deadline for the 2022 Commonwealth Games selection process, updates have been received from Australia, Canada, England and Malaysia. The CGF wishes to thank all four countries for the interest that they have shown in hosting the Commonwealth Games.

In terms of next steps, the CGF Executive Board will receive an update from the CGF Evaluation Panel and the CGF Review Team at its meeting on 6 December. An update regarding the selection of a host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be provided following the board meeting.

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Inspiring line-up of Commonwealth sporting leaders comprise first-ever CGF Athletes Advisory Commission

Inspiring line-up of Commonwealth sporting leaders comprise first-ever CGF Athletes Advisory Commission

25/10/2017, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 24585049

Inspiring line-up of Commonwealth sporting leaders comprise first-ever CGF Athletes Advisory Commission

For immediate release, 24 October 2017

With less than six months to go to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Commonwealth Games Federation has launched its first-ever Athletes Advisory Commission to engage and represent athlete views and help understand and grow the profile, meaning and impact of Commonwealth Athletes. As an integral part of the CGF governance and management structure it will be an influential voice to strengthen the links between athletes, administrators and Games organisers.

CGF President Louise Martin CBE said:
“Commonwealth athletes are ambassadors of a great movement whose purpose has been carried and shared across decades, across generations and across borders. As we recognised in Transformation 2022, the creation of an Athletes Advisory Commission affirms our commitment to being an athlete-centred, sport-focused movement.  We are thrilled and thankful that such a diverse and decorated group of inspiring sports leaders, representing each of our regions, will help shape the future direction of this vitally important initiative through Gold Coast 2018 and beyond.”

The Commission will be chaired and represented on the CGF Executive Board by Rhona Simpson, Scotland’s most-decorated Hockey player and former athlete at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. The inaugural commission was selected at the recent CGF Executive Board meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after a regional nomination process, bringing together a highly-accomplished group of Commonwealth athletes and medallists with significant previous Games and sports, civic and academic leadership experience. In addition to Rhona Simpson, the Commission members are:
  • Ms Natalie Du Toit (para-sport representative): South Africa, Swimming, seven-time Commonwealth Gold medallist at 2002, 2006 and 2010 Games;
  • Dr Nicole Forrester: Canada, Athletics (High Jump), Commonwealth Gold medal (2010) and Bronze (2002);
  • Mr Colin Gregor: Scotland, Rugby Sevens, 2006 and 2014 Games and Captain from 2009-2014;
  • Mr E Niluka Rushan Karunaratne: Sri Lanka, Badminton, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Games;
  • Mr Lechezdani Luza: Botswana, Boxing (51kg), 2006 and Commonwealth Silver medallist at 2002 Games;
  • Ms Alison Shanks: New Zealand, Track Cycling, 2006 and Commonwealth Gold medallist (3000m Individual Pursuit) at 2010 Games;
  • Mr Brendan Williams: Dominica, Athletics (High Jump), 2010 and 2014 Games.
The Commission was selected to ensure an optimum mix of skills and competencies and balanced representation in relation to region, team and individual sports and para-sport. Women and men are equally represented with four positions each, supporting the Federation’s commitment to gender equality. Members will hold office for a period not exceeding four years and shall be eligible to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The Commission will meet in person for the first time on the Gold Coast next April.
CGF Athlete Representative and Athletes Advisory Commission Chair Rhona Simpson said: “We have been given a far-reaching mandate to not just participate in Games and board decision-making but empower Commonwealth athletes to advance the aims and objectives of the Commonwealth Sports Movement. I’d like to sincerely thank all of the newly-appointed Commission members, and I look forward to working alongside them to help develop and deliver the best and most inclusive-possible sporting experience for Commonwealth athletes at all levels”.
Commonwealth partnership to inspire young sporting citizens at Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games

Commonwealth partnership to inspire young sporting citizens at Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games

21/06/2017, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 22898555

Commonwealth partnership to inspire young sporting citizens at Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games

20 June 2017
For immediate release

With just four weeks to go to the Opening Ceremony of the VIth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Commonwealth Secretariat, The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today (Tuesday 20 June) announce a dynamic and inclusive programme of athlete engagement activities at the upcoming Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games to provide support and inspiration to tackle the issues facing the next generation of global sporting citizens.

Taking place on the Caribbean island nation of The Bahamas from 18-23 July 2017, the Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international sporting event ever held in the Bahamas, bringing together over 1000 young athletes aged 14-18, who will represent their country and compete in 9 sports over 6 days.

The Commonwealth Youth Games Athlete Impact Labs are an official part of the Bahamas 2017 Cultural and Personal Development Programme, helping fulfil the Games’ core ambition to strengthen the link between sporting competition, personal development and Commonwealth peace-building.

Welcoming the initiatives, CGF President and Chair of CABOS (the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport) Louise Martin CBE said: “Now more than ever, athletes are inspiring us on and off the field of play as global role models so we’re thrilled to be working with the Commonwealth Secretariat, RCS and UNICEF to engage, inspire and support our young Commonwealth athletes and young Caribbean hosts. These CYG Athlete Impact Labs recognise and support our young athletes as essential to delivering on the Commonwealth’s values and achieving the UN sustainable development goals through sport.”

The Commonwealth Secretariat, Royal Commonwealth Society and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have worked closely with the CGF and the local Bahamas 2017 Organising Committee in Nassau to deliver a series of fun and interactive workshops, covering topics including youth empowerment, integrity and personal values, youth participation in sport governance and how young role models can contribute to human rights and sustainable development. The aim is to help young athletes and officials understand and explore how sport can be used to contribute to society and the rights of young people participating in and around sport.

The workshops will take place on rotation on the last three days of the Games, enabling athletes and officials to attend on an optional basis, and will be delivered by representatives from UNICEF, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace (CYDSP) working group - a collaborative network of young sport and development leaders supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat and endorsed as the Commonwealth’s leading youth voice on Sport for Development and Peace.

Welcoming the partnership, Janine Thornhill, from Trinidad and Tobago, and Chair of the CYSDP Working Group said: This is a huge team effort as we join forces with our friends and colleagues at the RCS, UNICEF, Commonwealth Secretariat, the CGF and the local Organising Committee to use the Youth Games as a powerful sporting stage to connect with young people from every nation, culture and background. 

“We look forward to meeting athletes and officials to support, inspire and learn more about the issues and opportunities facing young athletes across the Commonwealth. We all passionately believe that sport can be used as a tool for development and peace and the CYG Athlete Impact Labs are another example of the important role the Commonwealth Sports Movement can play promoting the Commonwealth and our shared values.”

Launched in 2000 and now in its 6th edition, the Youth Games are a sustainable opportunity for smaller cities and nations to benefit from hosting a major sporting event, using predominantly preexisting venues (in Nassau’s case, most events take place at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre) whilst also promoting an inclusive and positive youth and sustainable development agenda.

With 50% of Commonwealth citizens aged 25 and under, the Youth Games play an important part in the Commonwealth’s mission to advance democracy, development and respect for diversity through sport.
Seven new medal events at Gold Coast 2018 deliver world-first level playing field for women

Seven new medal events at Gold Coast 2018 deliver world-first level playing field for women

07/10/2016, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 19671677

Seven new medal events at Gold Coast 2018 deliver world-first level playing field for women

For immediate release: 6 October 2016 

For the first time ever in the history of a major multi-sport Games, there will be an equal number of medal events for men and women, as seven additional women’s events and categories across Weightlifting, Boxing and Cycling are confirmed on to the sports programme for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The major announcement – made by GC2018 Chairman Peter Beattie AC at the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Sports Summit in front of sporting leaders from 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth - ensures that the next edition of the Games will have a 50/50 split of medal moments for men and women; a sporting first in the history of a major Games.

The seven events added to the programme, taking the total number of medal events at Gold Coast 2018 to a record-breaking 275 medal events, are:
  • One additional Women’s Weightlifting event (+90kg)
  • Three new Women’s Boxing events (45kg – 48kg, 54 - 57kg and +75kg); and
  • Three new Women’s Track Cycling events (Keirin, Team Sprint & Team Pursuit).
Louise Martin CBE, Commonwealth Games Federation President said:
“We’ve come a long way since the first Games in 1930, when women competed in just seven (or 12% of) medal events. The last edition of the Games in Glasgow created the highest-ever percentage of medal events for women (48.5%), placing true gender equality in medal opportunities at the Games clearly within reach.

This is a significant step towards the realisation of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vision for gender equality. I’m so proud that the CGF, GOLDOC, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and our International Federation colleagues have worked together to close the gender gap in time for Gold Coast 2018 – and present an equal number of medal moments for men and women for the first time ever at a major Games.”

The Minister for the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe MP said:
“The Queensland Government is very proud that the first Commonwealth Games to host an equal number of medal events for men and women will be held on the Gold Coast in 2018.
“This is a tremendous boost to world sport. This decision sets the standard for greater gender equity in sport and more broadly in society. The move also compliments the launch of the ground-breaking ‘Join the Movement’ campaign in Queensland, which encourages women and girls to become active and healthier for life.”

Australian Commonwealth Games Association President Sam Coffa AM JP said:
“This is a significant announcement for the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and we are very proud that the first Games to feature equal medal opportunities for men and women will take place on home soil in Australia.

“One of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association’s key values is ‘inclusiveness’ and in 2018 we hope to assemble the most inclusive Australian team possible.

“It gives us great satisfaction to know that men and women in our Australian team will be competing for an equal amount of medals.”

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said:
“GC2018 will host the largest ever para-sport program, gender-equal medal events across the sport program. We hope this focus on inclusivity will prove to be one of the most outstanding 2018 Games’ legacies.

This initiative supports the CGF’s vision for greater gender equality and I am confident that the precedent we establish for 2018 will augur well for future multi-sport events to emulate.”

Sally Pearson, Commonwealth Gold medallist and Gold Coast 2018 athlete ambassador said:
“I am delighted that GC2018 will be the first Commonwealth Games to contest equal medal events for men and women. This is such a positive move for all sports and I am particularly proud that this initiative will commence in my home-town on the Gold Coast in 2018, to be held up as a shining example for other events to follow.”

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland said:
“I applaud the Commonwealth Games Federation on this pioneering achievement for gender equality. In this year when we celebrate ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ the attainment at such a major international gathering as the Commonwealth Games of a level playing field for women speaks eloquently to the values of the Commonwealth Charter that bring together our nations and territories.  Gender parity for athletes when competition begins on the Gold Coast in 2018 sends a potent message to young people throughout the Commonwealth that in sport, as in other spheres of social and economic activity, it is time for all to be accorded equality of opportunity to participate and fulfil their potential.

“That the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the first major games to achieve gender equality in terms of medals awarded is a credit to the leadership of the Commonwealth Sports Movement. I hope others too can be encouraged to see sport as a catalyst for advancing inclusive and sustainable development. Sports organisations at all levels have a responsibility to lead by example in upholding the values and principles of equality and inclusiveness to participants and audiences.”

Further to today’s major announcement, and as discussed at the inaugural Commonwealth Sports Summit, participation by women remains a key focus now that an equal number of medal events for men and women create a level playing field for the very first time. In Glasgow, 58.8% of the athletes were men and 41.2% were women.

A key recommendation of the Gender Equality Panel discussion at today’s Summit was therefore to reinforce the need for Commonwealth Games Associations to work with national governments and sporting bodies to increase the actual and proportional participation of women athletes and leaders at the Games and across Commonwealth sport, advancing opportunities for girls and women in every aspect of sport and physical activity.
HRH Prince Edward to attend inaugural Sports Summit at CGF General Assembly

HRH Prince Edward to attend inaugural Sports Summit at CGF General Assembly

09/09/2016, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 19322298

HRH Prince Edward to attend inaugural Sports Summit at CGF General Assembly

For immediate release, 8 September 2016

The Commonwealth Games Federation’s Vice Patron, HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will join an influential programme of keynote speakers and panellists in exactly four weeks time when sports leaders and stakeholders from across Canada and the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories come together for the inaugural Commonwealth Sports Summit.  The summit will be held on 6 October in Edmonton, Alberta, as part of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s 3-day General Assembly.

The conference theme – “It’s Within Us” – heralds a programme of keynotes, contributions, workshops and panel discussions focused on governance, organisational culture, integrity, gender equity, human rights and sport for development and peace. The summit aims to help deliver the CGF’s vision to connect, engage and inspire the Commonwealth and beyond to build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities through sport. Additional speakers and contributors confirmed include:
  • HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Vice-Patron, Commonwealth Games Federation
  • Peter Beattie AC, Chairman, Gold Coast 2018 Organising Corporation
  • David Rutherford, Chief Commissioner, New Zealand Human Rights Commission
  • Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre London and Founder, Women of the World Festival
  • Brian Lewis, President, Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association
A number of other Commonwealth Games Associations will also take to the stage as panellists to share learnings and models of best practice. The newly-announced speakers join a high-profile line-up of contributors which includes Carla Qualtrough PC, MP, retired Paralympic swimmer and now Canada’s Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities; Baroness Patricia Scotland, the newly-elected Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat; and Chief Ava Hill, Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River and strategic advisor on the Aboriginal Leadership Partnership of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE said:
“The newly-launched Commonwealth Sports Summit will be an inspiring and engaging conversation with sports leaders from across Canada and the broader Commonwealth as we bring Transformation 2022 to life. I am so grateful to our Vice Patron, HRH Prince Edward and the many other esteemed speakers and contributors who will challenge, support and shape our thinking as we nurture and develop the Commonwealth Sport Movement now and into the future.”

Commonwealth Games Canada President Richard Powers said:
Commonwealth Games Canada President Richard Powers said: "Canada has a history of "firsts" in Commonwealth Sport including hosting the first Commonwealth Games in Hamilton in 1930 and showcasing para-sports at a Gamesfor the very first time, when they were an exhibition event in 1994. Continuing this tradition we are delighted to host the first Commonwealth Sport Summit."

The Summit, taking place at Edmonton’s Chateau Lacombe hotel, will be hosted by the multi-award winning Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s sports anchor, and Commonwealth and Olympic Games TV veteran, Scott Russell.
The Commonwealth Sports Summit, and 2016 CGF General Assembly, is delivered in partnership with Commonwealth Games Canada and the City of Edmonton. Individuals interested in the participating in the Commonwealth Sport Summit can view the full schedule and list of speakers
Former Commonwealth diving champion elected to CGF Sports Committee for the Americas

Former Commonwealth diving champion elected to CGF Sports Committee for the Americas

29/07/2016, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 18789204

Former Commonwealth diving champion elected to CGF Sports Committee for the Americas

MEDIA RELEASE: 28 July 2016

Canada’s Linda Cuthbert, Diving gold medalist at the Edmonton 1978 Commonwealth Games, has been elected as Sports Committee representative for the Americas region. Further to a regional vote called after Bermuda’s Philip Guishard stepped down from the role due to ill health, the position was contested by Linda Cuthbert (Canada) and Douglas Stanley (Bermuda).  Following a request for nominations open to all seven Commonwealth Games Associations of the Americas region: Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Falkland Islands, Guyana and St Helena, Linda was chosen to represent the region.

Linda competed in two Commonwealth Games (Christchurch 1974 and Edmonton 1978) and has served as Vice President on the Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) Board since 2006. She has dedicated much of her life to sport, as an athlete, technical official, administrator, volunteer and consultant. She chairs CGC’s External Relations Committee, has previously chaired CGC’s High Performance Sport Committee and also sits on the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Ethics Committee.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE said: “Philip is a long-serving, loyal and dedicated member of the Commonwealth sporting fraternity and I want to thank him sincerely for his professionalism, companionship and warm personality during his time on the Sports Committee.

“The Sports Committee is playing a pivotal and extensive role in preparations for the upcoming competitions in the Bahamas and on the Gold Coast, so I am delighted to welcome Linda to the Sports Committee at this exciting time to ensure that the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games continue to develop as athlete-centred, sport-focused celebrations of sport and the Commonwealth”.

Commonwealth gold-medalist Linda Cuthbert said: “I’m honoured to be elected to this important position and look forward to working closely with my new colleagues.  The Commonwealth Games have played a huge part in my own sporting career. I feel passionately that it’s an inspiring and important time to be involved in Commonwealth sport. I can’t wait to play my part to deliver on the sporting ambitions of Transformation 2022”.

The Sports Committee acts as an advisory body to the Executive Board on strategic and technical matters related to sport and partnerships with International Federations that impact the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games and the broader Commonwealth Sport Movement. The next meeting of the CGF Sports Committee, chaired by CGF Vice-President Bruce Robertson, takes place in Edmonton, Canada on 3 October, just prior to the General Assembly.