CGF Athletes’ Advisory Commission to ensure athlete voice is represented in every Commonwealth country and territory

The newly-established Commonwealth Games Federation Athletes’ Advisory Commission (CGFAAC) today announced its goal to ensure the voice of Commonwealth athletes is represented in every one of the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories.

Setting out the first of the Commission’s ambitions at a Media Conference on the Gold Coast, Australia, CGFAAC Chair, Rhona Toft said: “Following our inaugural meeting last week, we have made it our goal to speak to as many of the 4,500 Commonwealth athletes here on the Gold Coast as we can. We want to discover what being a Commonwealth athlete means to them; to recognise what inspires them; to hear about the issues and challenges they have encountered along the way; and to understand how they can play their part and become active and engaged citizens to help the Commonwealth Sports Movement deliver on its mission to achieve peaceful, prosperous and sustainable societies.

“Following our discussions and from the results of the Athletes’ Survey, which was conducted in the Athletes’ Village, it is already clear to me that all Commonwealth athletes would benefit from an influential voice at their own national level. Today, I am pleased to reveal that the Commission will work towards ensuring that every Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) has an athlete representative on their Board to ensure that the athletes’ voice is hears at the highest levels of decision-making.”

In addition to the Athletes’ Survey, the Commission is also running workshops throughout the Games. The workshops are an opportunity for athletes to provide the Commission with feedback on important athlete-related issues; which, in turn, will ensure that the Commission can support athletes effectively.

Following further consultation and discussions with athletes, and once all Athlete Survey data has been collected, the Commission will meet following Gold Coast 2018 to identify their core objectives for the period leading up to the next CGF General Assembly in September 2019.

About CGFAAC Members

Ms Rhona Toft (Chair): Scotland, Hockey, 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, Scotland’s most decorated and leading hockey goal-scorer of all time;

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 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.