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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 atwww.commonwealthgames.ca.
 
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.
Inaugural Commonwealth Sports Summit set to engage, challenge and inspire

Inaugural Commonwealth Sports Summit set to engage, challenge and inspire

06/07/2016, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 18517344
 
 
 
 

Inaugural Commonwealth Sports Summit set to engage, challenge and inspire

 
 
For immediate release, 6 July 2016

In exactly three months, and for the first time, sports leaders and stakeholders from across Canada and the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories will come together for the inaugural Commonwealth Sports Summit, to be held on6 October in Edmonton, Alberta, as part of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s 3-day General Assembly.

As highlighted in Transformation 2022 – the CGF’s strategic blueprint– the annual gathering of the Commonwealth Sports Movement’s global membership will open its doors to external sporting partners and stakeholders as part of an ambitious and topical day-long conference.

The conference theme – “It’s Within Us” – heralds a programme of keynotes, contributions, workshops and panel discussions focused on governance, organisational culture, integrity, youth, 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. Speakers and contributors confirmed so far include:
  • 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.
A number of Commonwealth Games Associations will also take to the stage to share their learnings and models of best practice.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE said:
“Innovative and collaborative partnerships and open and courageous discussions are at the heart of what we do. I hope the newly-launched Commonwealth Sports Summit will be an inspiring and engaging conversation with sports leaders from across Canada and the broader Commonwealth – and I am so grateful to the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the many other esteemed speakers and contributors, who will support us in nurturing and developing the Commonwealth Sport Movement now and into the future.”

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 Games for 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 register at www.commonwealthgames.ca on a first-come, first-served at the Early Bird Price of CAD$149 (prior to 12 August 2016).
Commonwealth Youth Games Athletes Under Starter’s Orders as Bahamas 2017 Launches Campaign

Commonwealth Youth Games Athletes Under Starter’s Orders as Bahamas 2017 Launches Campaign

14/06/2016, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 18233981
 
 

Commonwealth Youth Games Athletes Under Starter’s Orders as Bahamas 2017 Launches Campaign

 
 
For immediate release

The 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth were today, 13 June 2016, asked “Who’s Next?” as the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games organisers launched their campaign to recruit the next generation of sporting legends.

Up to 1000 young athletes aged 14-18 are set to compete on the Caribbean island nation from 18-23 July 2017 in eight sports - Athletics, Swimming, Rugby Sevens, Cycling (Road), Judo, Boxing, Tennis and Beach Soccer. Beach Volleyball may also be added to the programme subject to final ratification by the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Revealing the brand identity of the VIth Commonwealth Youth Games with the tag-line “Who’s Next? Recruiting Legends”, organisers aim to inspire young Bahamians to attend and participate in the nation’s largest-ever multisport event, hoping the Games will attract more young people to sport as an alternative lifestyle to social and educational challenges that face the nation’s youth.

Louise Martin CBE, Commonwealth Games Federation President, said:
“After the inspiring success of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last year, we look forward to a week of inspiring sporting competition, personal development and international friendship as up to 1000 aspiring young athletes prepare to represent their country on the great sporting islands of The Bahamas.

The Commonwealth Games Federation is working in close partnership with the organisers and communities of The Bahamas to deliver an accessible and inclusive Caribbean carnival of sport and culture. It will be a Games to remember as our 71 nations and territories celebrate the potential and achievements of our finest, young Commonwealth athletes.”

Dr Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, said:
“Next year when the world casts it eyes on the Bahamas, we will become the first Smart Island in the world. The Commonwealth Youth Games will be the continuation of more global events to come to the Bahamas as they show the quality of what can be done, following the hosting of the IAAF World Relays, the upcoming FIFA World Cup of Beach Soccer and the World Cup of Flag Football.

It’s a moment in history that will never change. We have to take advantage of it. When people come to a sporting event, they are coming to see who we are as a people. That is what Team Bahamas is all about. It’s about showing the world who we are and why.”

Wellington Miller, Chair of Bahamas 2017 and President of the Bahamas Commonwealth Games Association said:
“Planning for this event has officially begun and we anticipate the best event ever held within the region. I’d like to thank the Government for its unwavering support and ask every Bahamian to be a part of “Who’s Next”.”

The Youth Games are for some – like Kirani James (Athletics), Chad le Clos (Aquatics) and Jessica Ennis-Hill (Athletics) – the springboard to future Commonwealth Games glory or a formative first taste of international multi-sport competition. For all, they represent a joyous celebration of impactful performance, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships made on the level playing field of sport.

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 pre-existing venues (in Nassau’s case, most events take place in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre) whilst also promoting an inclusive and positive youth agenda.

With 50% of Commonwealth citizens aged 25 and under, the Youth Games play a vital part in the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vision to inspire Commonwealth athletes to drive the ambition and power of all Commonwealth citizens through sport.
Her Majesty The Queen Launches New Commonwealth Hub

Her Majesty The Queen Launches New Commonwealth Hub

10/06/2016, International, Multi Sports, Commonwealth Games Federation, Article # 18182443
 
 

Her Majesty The Queen Launches New Commonwealth Hub

 
 

Thursday 9th June 2016

Her Majesty The Queen today launched a new Commonwealth Hub which will bring Commonwealth organisations, including the Commonwealth Games Federation, together in the same location to create a collaborative, dynamic and innovative way of working.

The three Commonwealth organisations that will move to a new combined centre of Commonwealth activity – Marlborough House and Quadrant House – are the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. It is expected that other Commonwealth organisations will join the hub in due course with Quadrant House being renamed Commonwealth House.

The Queen officially launched the new Hub during a visit to Marlborough House ahead of her official 90th birthday celebrations which will take place this weekend and will be attended by representatives from 53 Commonwealth countries. As part of the celebrations, CGF President Louise Martin CBE introduced Her Majesty to Commonwealth athletes Sasha Corbin, Helen Housby and Ali Glasse-Davies.

The new Commonwealth Hub will help to deliver the Secretary-General's vision to work more closely with all Commonwealth organisations to honour the values of the Commonwealth charter and the commitments on health, education, climate change, good governance, equality and the rule of law in the Sustainable Development Goals and COP 21. It also delivers one of the CGF’s Transformation 2022 goals, to align with Commonwealth organisations to maximise collaboration opportunities.

The Commonwealth Hub will bring the Commonwealth Games to the heart of the Commonwealth headquarters and will encourage more young people to become engaged in Commonwealth issues. It will also provide a focal point for reaching to mayors and elected councillors and their local communities right across the Commonwealth. Other plans for the Commonwealth Hub include an education centre in the newly named Commonwealth House.

The CGF is expected to move from its current premises in London’s Old Street over the summer.

Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General, said: 
“I’m delighted to welcome Her Majesty to launch this coming together of the Commonwealth family in a new Commonwealth Hub. We’re all working to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Commonwealth Charter so it’s right that we look to cement this relationship with the creation of Commonwealth House.

“I would like to thank the three organisations who have joined us at the start of this journey and I look forward to us being joined by others as we have a better conversation with the public about our priorities as a Commonwealth.”

Louise Martin CBE, Commonwealth Games Federation President, said: 
“Partnerships sit at the heart of Transformation 2022, our new vision to move from a four-yearly event cycle to a year-round movement connecting athletes and citizens across the Commonwealth through sport. We rely on and enjoy incredibly positive partnerships with colleagues across the Commonwealth family to promote the Commonwealth, deliver projects or showcase initiatives on the level playing field of sport. I’ve no doubt our combined move to Commonwealth House will realise an inspiring and impactful new era of Commonwealth-wide collaborations and celebrations built on shared values.”

Carl Wright, Commonwealth Local Government Forum Secretary-General, said: 
“This Commonwealth hub, based at Commonwealth House, is an exciting development that will help us better coordinate our work with other Commonwealth organisations and provide added value to our members and citizens of the Commonwealth to help deliver development, local government, good governance and a better quality of life for the 2.3 billion citizens we and our members serve.”

Claire Whitaker OBE, Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society, said: 
“This is a very exciting moment in the 148 year history of the Royal Commonwealth Society and we are proud to be collaborating with other Commonwealth colleagues on this exciting initiative. The Commonwealth Hub represents an aspirational and exciting step forward for the Commonwealth to make the best possible use of its many and varied assets. I anticipate invigorated collaboration across the Commonwealth family and a more vibrant and creative presence for the Commonwealth itself."

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