Australian marathon great Steve Moneghetti will lead the Australian team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, following his appointment as Chef de Mission.
It will be Moneghetti’s third Games as head of the Australian delegation, having led the Australian team in both Delhi in 2011 and Glasgow in 2014.
The 53-year-old becomes just the second person to lead a team to three games, joining Commonwealth Games doyen, the late Arthur Tunstall, who was chef de mission at four Games, with including three consecutive editions in 1986, 1990 and 1994.
Moneghetti has a long association with the Commonwealth Games that began in 1986, when as a 23-year-old he was selected in his first Australian team for Edinburgh.
By the end of his illustrious career Moneghetti had represented Australia at four Commonwealth Games, taking home a complete set of medals in the marathon – bronze in Edinburgh 1986, silver in Auckland 1990 and gold in Victoria 1994 before adding a bronze in the 10,000m in Kuala Lumpur 1998.
After joining the team management as an athlete liaison officer in Manchester in 2002, he was appointed Mayor of the Commonwealth Games Village in Melbourne, before becoming Chef de Mission in Delhi and Glasgow
To be staged from 4-15 April 2018, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will feature 18 sports across 12 days of sporting and cultural festivities.