Commonwealth Games Australia welcomes the latest additions to the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games organising committee including Chairperson Peggy O’Neal AO and other foundational Directors.
Commonwealth Games Australia warmly welcomes the appointments announced by Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery Jacinta Allan of Chairperson Peggy O’Neal AO and other foundational Directors, to the Board of the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.
The Board will support the Victoria 2026 Organising Committee to build and deliver a world-class Games in Victoria, as CGA partners with the Victorian Government, through the Organising Committee, along with the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Commonwealth Games Australia President Ben Houston has praised the appointment and extensive leadership experience of Peggy O’Neal AO as she takes on the role of Chairperson.
“Peggy’s esteemed status in Australian sport, and her vast knowledge across the sport, corporate and public sectors means the new Board is perfectly positioned to deliver an outstanding Games in four years’ time,” Mr Houston said.
“Our own Commonwealth Games Australia Board is incredibly proud of Australia’s great success at the Birmingham Games, and we believe that provides a strong platform to begin the work to showcase the wonderful Victorian regions – not just to the rest of Australia, but to a world audience.”
Mr Houston and CEO Craig Phillips AM will represent Commonwealth Games Australia on the newly-formed Board and joins Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin DBE and Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Katie Sadleir, along with Belinda Duarte, an accomplished leader across sport, social equity and First Nations communities, and Lisa Gray, a highly-respected executive in the corporate and public sectors.
Mr Phillips has also applauded the new appointments.
“Peggy’s trailblazing reputation and incredible know-how speaks for itself and we are also proud to build on our strong relationship with our Commonwealth Games Federation colleagues to form this experienced and skilled Board to support the Victoria 2026 Organising Committee,” said Mr Phillips.
Mr Phillips highlighted the importance of the work CGA has undertaken in delivering a successful Games in Birmingham, and also at the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast.
“With 67 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze medals, our athletes and staff are still on cloud nine after topping the medal table in what was a fabulous Games in Birmingham.”
“A home Games in Victoria will provide significant benefits for our Member Sports and will inspire our athletes in a unique and exciting environment in the regions.”
“Victoria 2026 will supercharge the unique opportunities brought about by the ‘green and gold runway’ of sporting events in Australia over the next decade and beyond.”