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Commonwealth Games Australia is pleased to provide the following update on activities.

Jayne Ferguson welcomed as Appointed Director

Commonwealth Games Australia welcomes Jayne Ferguson as a newly appointed Director. Jayne has more than 30 years’ experience as a General Manager, Marketing Director and Digital Brand Director and was previously General Manager, Lifestyle and Entertainment at Bauer Media, a role which included the Australian Women’s Weekly. Previous roles also include Digital Brand Director at News Corp’s News Life Media and Group Publisher, Mass Women’s Division at Pacific Magazines.

Jayne is currently a partner in a consultancy practice EDIT’D providing brand, marketing and digital strategy development services and brings significant digital, marketing and branding expertise to the CGA Board.

Karen Murphy and Matt Levy OAM appointed Co-Chairs of Athlete Advisory Group

CGA Board has confirmed the appointment of lawn bowler Karen Murphy and Para-swimmer Matt Levy OAM as co-chairs of the Athlete Advisory Group (AAG). Karen has a gold and three silver medals from five appearances at Commonwealth Games and Matt won gold on the Gold Coast in the S7 50m freestyle along with golds at the IPC World Championships and Paralympic Games. Both are passionate about the role the AAG can play in supporting the work of Commonwealth Games Australia.

An interim Athlete Advisory Group was established by CGA in September 2017 to provide athlete input into the planning and strategies of the Gold Coast 2018 team. Its tenure ceased following the Games, with a recommendation to the CGA Board that the AAG be formalised. Nominations were called in September 2018 for membership of the group to serve through to the Birmingham Games.

Commonwealth Games Australia – Athlete Advisory Group

Dane Bird Smith – Athletics Karen Murphy – Lawn Bowls
Anja Stridsman – Boxing Shannon Parry – Rugby 7’s
Kaarle McCulloch – Cycling Matt Levy – Para-Swimming
Rachel Bugg – Diving David Palmer – Squash
Lauren Mitchell – Gymnastics Dan Wilson – Triathlon
Brooke Peris – Hockey

Three-time Australian team Chef de Mission and CGA board member Steve Moneghetti will act as the conduit between the AAG and CGA Board.

Dr Grace Bryant OAM appointed head of Medical Sport Science Advisory Group

Dr Grace Bryant OAM has been appointed chair of CGA’s Medical Sport Science Advisory Group (MSSAG).

Dr Bryant has served as a Doctor on six Commonwealth Games teams (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 & 2018) and two Commonwealth Games Youth teams (2008 & 2015). She was the Chief Medical Officer for the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games teams and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games team. Bryant’s honours include the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to a wide range of sporting organisations. She was inducted into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame in 2012 and Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2017. She currently serves on the International Netball Federation Medical Committee.

The Medical Sport Science Advisory Group supersedes the CGA Medical Commission, and has been expanded to include sport physicians, sport scientists and high-performance personnel advising CGA on the implementation of a focused, applied, ethically driven and performance-impacting sport science, technology and medical service for Australia’s Commonwealth Games and Youth Games teams.

CGA sought nominations for the group and received 38 nominations across various sectors of the industry with the following appointed to the advisory group.

Commonwealth Games Australia – Medical Sport Science Advisory Group 

Dr Grace Bryant OAM – Healthcare (Med) Dr Peter Harcourt – Healthcare (Med)
Mr Steve Hawkins – Healthcare (Physio) Ms Keren Faulkner – Healthcare (Physio)
Ms Jessica Stevens – Healthcare (Recovery) Ms Kristine Dun – Performance (Sport Psych)
Mr Julian Jones – Performance (S&C) Ms Danielle Formosa – Performance (Biomech)
Mr Mitch Mooney – Technology (Perf. Analysis) Ms Clare Prideaux – Management (PD)

CGA thanks previous chair of the CGA Medical Commission, Dr Peter Harcourt, for his long and outstanding service, who will continue as a member of the MSSAG.

The Medical Director for the 2022 Australian Commonwealth Games team will also be a member (if not already) once appointed by CGA Board along with the General Manager of Team Performance.

Diving Australia becomes a CGA Program Sport Member

Diving Australia has accepted the CGA’s invitation to become a Program Sport Member.  Historically the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has recognised Aquatics (Swimming and Diving) as one sport with Swimming Australia serving as CGA’s Program Sport Member.  Following representation by CGA, the CGF and Swimming Australia have both confirmed their support for Diving Australia to become a Program Sport Member in its own right.

Commonwealth Games Australia recently welcomed four sports as Associate Members; Archery Australia, Cricket Australia, Shooting Australia and Volleyball Australia.  Should the CGF’s membership endorse the inclusion of Cricket Women’s T20 and Beach Volleyball on the Birmingham 2022 Sport Program, Cricket Australia and Volleyball Australia will become Program Sport Members.

Chef de Mission

In case you missed it, Commonwealth Games Australia recently announced that Petria Thomas will lead the Australian team to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Petria is a nine-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist and becomes Australia’s first female Commonwealth Games team Chef de Mission after being a member of the team executive at the past three Games. It has been a popular appointment with widespread support from athletes, sports and media.

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