Media Release

CGF Athletes Advisory Commission launch new strategy

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Athletes Advisory Commission have launched a new strategy to ensure the athletes' voice remains at the heart of Commonwealth Sports Movement decisions up to Birmingham 2022 and beyond.

The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission, which was established at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, serves as the key link between athletes and the CGF.

The Commission features eight highly distinguished athletes who represent the six regions of the Commonwealth.

The new strategy outlines the commitment of the CGF Athletes Advisory Commission to ensure Commonwealth athletes are inspiring leaders, agents of change, advocates for integrity and ambassadors for respect, impartiality and non-discrimination.

The strategy focuses on four key pillars which are:  

  • Deliver Inspirational Sporting Moments
  • Nurture a Powerful Sporting Movement
  • Activate Transformational Partnerships
  • Realise Our Collective Impact

CGF Athletes Advisory Commission Chair Rhona Toft said: “The new CGF Athletes Advisory Commission Strategy is hugely important as it clearly outlines how athletes will play a leading role in shaping all Commonwealth Sports Movement decisions.

“Our Commission is focussed on supporting our athletes as inspiring leaders across the Commonwealth while looking to ensure an unforgettable Commonwealth Games journey and experience for every competitor from every nation.

“The Commission is hugely excited about working with all Commonwealth athletes to ensure their voice is heard at the decision-making table and the new strategy provides a fantastic roadmap to help us achieve our key objectives.”

CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “The launch of the new CGF Athletes Advisory Commission Strategy is an exciting and important moment for the Commonwealth Sports Movement.

“The work here will help ensure that athletes who participate in the Commonwealth Games have the best possible journey to the Games and an unforgettable experience that will stay with them forever while inspiring others.

“For many Commonwealth athletes, the Games are the absolute pinnacle of competition and that is why having a strong link between athletes and the CGF through the Commission is so important.

“The Strategy outlines how the Commission will help us grow as an athlete-centred, sports-focused movement that is fully aligned to our values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny.”


About the CGF Athletes Advisory Commission
The eight members of the Athletes Advisory Commission are:

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

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);

Colin Gregor: Scotland, Rugby Sevens, 2006 and 2014 Games and Captain from 2009-2014;

Lim Heem Wei: Singapore, Gymnastics, competed at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning silver in 2010

Lechezdani Luza: Botswana, Boxing (51kg), 2006 and Commonwealth Silver medallist at 2002 Games;

Alison Shanks: New Zealand, Track Cycling, 2006 and Commonwealth Gold medallist (3000m Individual Pursuit) at 2010 Games;

Brendan Williams: Dominica, Athletics (High Jump), 2010 and 2014 Games.

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.

For more information please contact:
CGF Media and Communications Manager
Tom Degun
+ 44 (0) 7788 580790


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