8 November 2016
Reigning Commonwealth champion and promising gymnastics star named as Team England Athlete Ambassadors for Gold Coast 2018
Athlete ambassador programme announced to support athletes on journey to Gold Coast
Denise Lewis to lead programme to help prepare athletes for Commonwealth Games 2018
Commonwealth gymnastics champion Kristian Thomas and upcoming gymnast Mimi Cesar have today been announced as key members of the Team England Athlete Ambassador programme, which will see Commonwealth Games England (CGE) work closely with 30 English athletes in the build-up to the Gold Coast Games.
Commonwealth Games England’s President Denise Lewis is leading the programme and will work with Ambassadors from a range of Commonwealth sports.
Denise Lewis, President of Commonwealth Games England and former Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion, said:
“We are delighted to have a great selection of some of England’s greatest, and most promising, athletes involved in the Team England Athlete Ambassador programme. We will work with them and their sports to raise the profile of Team England and create excitement for the nation ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Kristian and Mimi are fantastic athletes. Their varied experience will also be vital in helping Team England prepare for the Gold Coast Games in just over 500 days’ time.”
The Team England Athlete Ambassador programme was unveiled at Commonwealth Games England’s Annual General Meeting in London today.
The Athlete Ambassadors will support CGE to raise the profile of Team England and its values, develop a strong Team England ethos amongst athletes, the organisation and the nation, and prepare Team England for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Kristian Thomas, who has won four Commonwealth medals said:
“I hope that I am able to utilise my experience of multiple Commonwealth and Olympic Games to help support Team England and other Athlete Ambassadors on the road to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
21-year-old rhythmic gymnast Mimi Cesar said:
“Glasgow 2014 was my first major team selection and I want to improve on that, but I still have a lot to learn and am delighted to be working with Team England on the Athlete Ambassador programme.”
Commonwealth Games England also today revealed at its AGM detailed plans that are in place to create the best performance environment for Team England to deliver success for the nation at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
As part of its plans to send the best prepared team to the Gold Coast, CGE will hold a Team England preparation camp in Australia, create a dedicated performance centre inside the Commonwealth Games Village, offer a full programme of support services and send a team of around 600 athletes and staff, in what will be England’s largest ever sporting team to represent the nation abroad.
Team England at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will include around 400 athletes who will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events in what will be the largest ever para-sport programme.
The Team England Athlete Ambassadors announced today are:
Athletics – Niamh Emerson
Badminton – Lauren Smith
Beach Volleyball – Chris Gregory & Jake Sheaf
Boxing – Frazer Clarke
Cycling – Evie Richards
Diving – Freddie Woodward
Gymnastics – Kristian Thomas & Mimi Cesar
Hockey – David Ames, George Pinner & Sam Ward
Lawn Bowls – Ellen Falkner & Paul Brown
Netball – Joanna Harten
Rugby Sevens – Phil Burgess, Tom Mitchell
Squash – Laura Massaro & Nick Matthew
Swimming – Aimee Willmott & Ollie Hynd
Table Tennis – Will Bayley
Weightlifting – Zoe Smith & Ali Jawad
Wrestling – George Ramm
For further details please contact:
Nick Rewcastle, Run Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org / 07872 058 221
Vicki Harris, Commonwealth Games England, email@example.com / 07984 536 234
Notes to Editors
About Commonwealth Games England
Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We are affiliated to the Commonwealth Games Federation and work closely with the various sports’ National Governing Bodies (NGBs), our funding partner Sport England, commercial sponsors and Organising Committees. Our purpose is to help prepare and support athletes and their sports to achieve success at Games-time.
Team England is the nation’s most inclusive and diverse team, featuring athletes and para athletes from all over the country and an equal gender split across the team. After topping the medal table in 2014 with 174 medals, including 59 gold, Team England is also one of the nation’s most successful teams.
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