Media Release

CGF President receives Damehood from Her Majesty The Queen

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin has today (2 July 2019) received her Damehood from Her Majesty The Queen at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh.

She is being honoured for services to sport in Scotland and across the Commonwealth after the announcement that she would become a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire was made in the 2019 New Year Honours List.

Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive, David Grevemberg CBE said: “Every member of the Commonwealth Sport Movement Family is so proud to see Louise’s Investiture at the Palace of Holyrood House today.

“The very special honour is testimony to Louise’s leadership and the continued impact and legacy of the Commonwealth Sport Movement.

“We warmly congratulate Louise on this honour, as her many years of service to Commonwealth Sport are recognised, while we look forward with excitement to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Trinidad and Tobago 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games and our ambitious plans to deliver Transformation 2022 alongside our members and stakeholders.”

Following the announcement of the 2019 New Year Honours List, Dame Louise said: “I am truly overwhelmed and humbled to be recognised in this way – and can’t imagine what my 16 year old self would have thought about this announcement when I first experienced the Commonwealth Games as a swimmer at the 1962 Games in Perth, Australia.

“The success and impact of the Games are only made possible by the passion and commitment of our athletes, supporters, volunteers and host city partners. I would like to pay tribute to them – and in particular our partners and participants in Glasgow and Gold Coast – as I graciously thank Her Majesty for this honour.”

Dame Louise is President of the CGF having been elected at the General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2015.

She is the first female to hold this office in the history of the Commonwealth Sports Movement and will stand unopposed for re-election for a second term as President at the CGF General Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda in September this year.

She has a long and distinguished association with the Games as an athlete – swimming for Team Scotland at the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games – and thereafter as Team Manager, Administrator and Honorary Secretary while she was the first female elected to the CGF Executive Board.

Dame Louise played a lead role in bringing the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow during the Bid, served as Vice Chair of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, and was formerly chair of SportScotland from 2008 to 2015 and Commonwealth Games Scotland from 1999 until 2007.

In 2008, she joined the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport, which she chaired from 2014-2018. She was awarded the CBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Commonwealth Games.


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