Athletes' Advisory Commission chaired by Rhona Toft
Athletes' Advisory Commission chaired by Rhona Toft
Media Release

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

For immediate release, 9 April 2018

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 the CGF
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games, and for delivering on the vision of the Commonwealth Sports Movement: to build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities globally by inspiring Commonwealth Athletes to drive the impact and ambition of all Commonwealth Citizens through Sport. 

About the CGFAAC
The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission (CGFAAC) is the body that represents and speaks on behalf of all Commonwealth athletes. The CGFAAC is currently comprised of seven highly-accomplished Commonwealth athletes and medallists with significant previous Games and sports, civic and academic leadership experience. The CGFAAC members were selected to ensure an optimum mix of skills and competencies and balanced representation in relation to geography, religion, team and individual sports, and para sport. THE CGFAAC aims to have equal female and male representation, in support of 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 CGFAAC’s main aim is to engage and represent athlete views and help understand and grow the profile, meaning and impact of the Movement’s Athletes at a time of renewed relevance for the Commonwealth and Commonwealth sport.

About the CGFAAC Chair
Now working as Director of Sport and Teacher of Physical Education for The Glasgow Academy school in Scotland, Rhona is Scotland’s most decorated and leading hockey goal-scorer of all time, having competed for her country in hockey at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, and for Great Britain at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Rhona is also an experienced hockey coach, taking the Great Britain Youth Olympic Squad to a Gold medal at the Youth Olympics in 2009.

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.

For more information please contact:

CGF Communications
Ben Nichols, Director of Communications and Public Affairs
+ 44 (0) 7788 580790 

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