THE Australian Commonwealth Games Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Cowdrey as Australian Team General Manager for the Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in the Bahamas in 2017.
Cowdrey is one of Australia’s most decorated swimmers having represented Australia with great distinction at three Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014) and three Paralympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012), winning a total of 27 medals.
Australian Commonwealth Games Association CEO Craig Phillips said he was delighted to welcome Cowdrey back to the Commonwealth Youth Games team.
“Matt was part of the team at the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa and did a wonderful job working with our young up and coming athletes,” Phillips said.
“The Commonwealth Youth Games are an important stepping stone in the development of young athletes as it provides them with valuable exposure to international competition. “To have an athlete and person the calibre of Matt Cowdrey in their corner is a huge advantage for our athletes and extremely beneficial in their development,” he said.
Cowdrey, from South Australia, led the Australian team at the most recent Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015.
The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in the Bahamas from July 19-23, 2017. The Bahamas will be the sixth host of the Commonwealth Youth Games, with previous games held in Edinburgh (2002), Bendigo (2004), Pune, India (2011), Isle of Man (2014) and Samoa (2015).
- Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Melbourne), 2010 (Delhi), 2014 (Glasgow) 3 x gold, 1 x silver.
- Paralympics Games: 2004 (Athens), 2008 (Beijing), 2012 (London). 13 x gold; 7 x silver; 3 x bronze
- World Championships: 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013 23 x gold; 5 x silver; 2 x bronze