Australian track queen Sally Pearson OAM was announced today as the first official ambassador of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) at a public function on the Gold Coast beachfront.
The popular announcement was made by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP beside the GC2018 Surfers Paradise Countdown Clock at a presentation hosted by Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimming champion Brooke Hanson OAM.
One of Australia’s greatest sports stars (biography following), Gold Coast resident Pearson is best known for her stunning achievements as a world, Olympic and dual Commonwealth Games hurdles gold medallist.
She has had a close association with GC2018 since development of the successful bid in 2011 and played a starring role in the flag handover during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.
Pearson is the first of a select group of high profile figures who 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.
As the first GC2018 Ambassador, Pearson was presented with a commemorative surfboard – an iconic keepsake of the Gold Coast lifestyle.
Also in attendance today were Commonwealth Games Minister Sterling Hinchliffe MP, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GOLDOC) Chairman Peter Beattie AC and CEO Mark Peters, City of Gold Coast Acting Mayor Donna Gates and a large contingent of excited junior athletes.
“I’m thrilled to have officially joined the Gold Coast 2018 family to help get people all over the world as excited as I am about this magnificent event.
“The Commonwealth Games is an amazing experience for athletes and spectators, and in 2018 it will be the Gold Coast, my home town, showcased to the world.
“The 2018 Games will inspire a new generation of young athletes and provide the perfect opportunity for the next wave of stars to shine.
“Winning Olympic gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games was a special moment, missing Rio (2016 Olympic Games) is definitely one of those low points, but I’m focused on giving myself the best opportunity to compete at a home Games.
“As an official ambassador I now have added personal interest in helping to ensure GC2018 is the massive success I already know it will be and the most memorable athlete, spectator and volunteer experience possible.”