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Work continues on the Commonwealth Games Australia history project

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With less than a year until the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, work continues celebrating the history and heritage of Commonwealth Games Australia before more chapters are added to the organisation’s story.

 

As Commonwealth Games Australia enters its 92nd year of existence, the organisation was founded as the Australian British Empire Games Committee in 1929, the work continues on celebrating the history of the organisation through the creation of the Heritage and Awards Committee.

This committee has been designed to recognise, promote and celebrate the contribution of individuals and communities from within the Commonwealth Games movement across Australia.

In 2020, two-time Commonwealth Games medallists Jenny Donnet and Liz Ellis were the most recent athletes to join the committee.

Commonwealth Games history to be celebrated

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallists Jenny Donnet and Liz Ellis have joined the newly formed Commonwealth Games Australia Heritage and Awards Committee in a project designed to recognise, promote and celebrate the contribution of individuals and communities from within the Commonwealth Games movement.

At the Commonwealth Games Australia Annual General Meeting, held virtually in May 2021 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Heritage and Awards Committee made its first submission of new life members for the organisation since 2015.

The committee selected three new Life Members for conferral, including seven-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AV CVO MBE, Gold Coast 2018 Chief Medical Officer Dr. Grace Bryant and former Commonwealth Games Australia board member Sue Taylor AM.

The distinguished trio were conferred at the AGM becoming the 23rd, 24th and 25th members of the prestigious club.

Commonwealth Games Australia President Ben Houston said the conferring of life membership is an important component of Commonwealth Games Australia’s strategy to celebrate the rich history of the Commonwealth Sport Movement in Australia.

Houston thanked the new life members for their contributions and service to the Commonwealth Sport Movement and welcomed them as the 23rd, 24th and 25th members.

“We look forward to a period in the future when we can hold another reception to properly congratulate and celebrate the latest Commonwealth Games Australia Life Members, but on behalf of Commonwealth Games Australia, our sport partners and all those in Commonwealth Games Australia family, we thank you all and congratulate you on being bestowed with this honour as a tribute to your service.”

MARJORIE JACKSON-NELSON HEADLINES THREE NEW CGA LIFE MEMBERS

Three new Life Members were conferred at the Commonwealth Games Australia Annual General Meeting today, becoming the 23rd, 24th and 25th members of the prestigious club.

Work continues on the Commonwealth Games Australia results database initiative.

The database houses the complete results of the 3,331 team members who have donned the Green and Gold at a Commonwealth Games dating back to the first official Empire Games held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930.

You can find more information about Commonwealth Games Australia Alumni below.

Commonwealth Games Australia Results Database

Search through the 3,331 team members who have represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

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Commonwealth Games Australia wishes to give a special acknowledgement to the work of Australian sport historian Greg Blood who has been instrumental in developing the Commonwealth Games Australia presence on online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

Blood has had a major impact on the Commonwealth Games Australia history by creating Wikipedia pages that highlight Australia’s impact at each of the games.

As a sport Librarian and researcher, Blood was previously employed as a librarian at the Australian Institute of Sport / Australian Sports Commission and is now a Publications Officer at the Australian Society of Sport History.

Blood has put extensive research into the Commonwealth Games history by creating multiple Wikipedia pages that span from the first Commonwealth Games held in 1930 to the games held in 1958.

Greg Blood’s work in creating Wikipedia pages since the first Commonwealth Games in Hamilton, Canada in 1930, has allowed us to share our history to the widest community.

Commonwealth Games Austaralia Wikipedia Page

Read more about the history of Commonwealth Games Australia.

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