Australian cycling legend Anna Meares OAM has been revealed today as the third official Ambassador for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
The announcement was made by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP at the official opening of the Anna Meares Velodrome, home to track cycling for GC2018.
Renowned as a fierce competitor on the track, Meares recently announced her retirement from the sport following her role as Australia’s flagbearer and team captain at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist joins hurdles champion Sally Pearson OAM and swimming star Cameron McEvoy as a welcome member of the GC2018 Ambassador family.
Meares will assist the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) with promotion of the 4-15 April 2018 Games to Australia and the rest of the world.
To mark the occasion, she was presented with a commemorative surfboard – an iconic keepsake of the Gold Coast lifestyle.
Also in attendance today were Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe MP, GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, Ross Vasta MP, Member for Bonner and a large contingent of excited junior athletes.
Anna said “I’m excited to join the Gold Coast 2018 family and share the dream with Australia and the rest of the world.
“Sally Pearson and Cameron McEvoy are wonderful athletes and Ambassadors; and I’m pleased to stand with them to inspire passion and participation in these home Commonwealth Games.
“I’m excited to play a role beyond competing. I’ll be encouraging everyone to experience the greatness of these Games – this will be the largest sporting event in Australia this decade and the ticket pricing announced last week makes it affordable to see it live in person.”