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Martin re-elected as CGF president

Dame Louise Martin has been re-elected as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) for a second four-year term.

The Scot was re-elected by acclamation during the CGF’s general assembly in Kigali, Rwanda. The 73-year-old first took up the role in 2015 and in doing so became the first female to hold the position in the history of the Commonwealth Sports Movement.

Martin competed as a swimmer for Scotland during the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia and has also held team manager, administrator and honorary secretary roles within the movement.

Yesterday’s (Thursday’s) general assembly also saw Kereyn Smith (New Zealand), Chris Jenkins (Wales) and Bruce Robertson (Canada) elected as vice-presidents of the CGF.

Elsewhere, three new regional vice-presidents were elected to the executive board, with Bermuda’s Judy Simons J.P taking up a role in the Americas, Singapore’s Chris Chan appointed in Asia and Gibraltar’s Harry Murphy to serve in Europe. Three other regional vice-presidents were also re-elected: Africa with Miriam Moyo (Zambia), Caribbean with Fortuna Belrose (Saint Lucia) and Oceania with Hugh Graham (Cook Islands).

The general assembly also saw the approval of a refreshed Transformation 2022 strategy for the CGF and the continued evolutions of its governance and regulations. Discussions were also held over further evolving the sports programme of the Commonwealth Games, while a new CGF brand and logo was unveiled for the first time.

Transformation 2022 is the Commonwealth Sport Movement’s strategic plan for 2015 to 2022, with the refresh covering the period from 2019 to 2022. The refresh commits to focusing on delivering “inspirational sporting moments” and nurturing a powerful sporting movement.

Martin said: “Looking back over the last quadrennial, I am overwhelmed by a sense of pride from our collective achievements, at the endeavours of Commonwealth athletes, at the success of our flagship events and how we have adapted and responded to challenges as well as harnessed opportunities.

“Like all families, we are defined by people, how we treat and respect each other and how we work together. Let’s continue to deliver on the strategy outlined in the Transformation 2022 Refresh and enjoy this journey as through sport, we build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities across the Commonwealth.”