Australian swimmer Cameron McEvoy has been revealed as the second official Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Ambassador at the North Sydney Olympic Pool today.
The announcement was made by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP at a public event in Sydney hosted by swimming champion and commentator Giaan Rooney OAM.
One of Australia’s evolving sport stars, the Gold Coast resident is not only known for his swimming achievements but for balancing a Bachelor of Science Advanced with Honours (majoring in applied mathematics) at Griffith University.
The Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist joins hurdles champion Sally Pearson OAM as a welcome member of the GC2018 Ambassador family.
McEvoy is the second 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.
To mark the occasion, McEvoy 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, CEO Mark Peters and a large contingent of excited junior swimmers.
“I’m excited to join the Gold Coast 2018 family and play my part in the promotion of this international event.
“To have the Commonwealth Games in my own backyard, the place I call home, will be a special time; it’s a great opportunity to share the experience with my family and friends.
“The Gold Coast is one of the best places in the world to live, train and compete.
“I can’t wait for the next wave of sporting stars from the Commonwealth to experience our Games, the Gold Coast and Australia.”
Premier of Queensland the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP:
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Gold Coast-born McEvoy, 22, was among a new generation of Australian swimmers looking to make their mark at GC2018.
“As one of Australia’s leading swimmers and a proud Queenslander, Cam is the perfect person to take GC2018, Queensland and Australia to the rest of the world.
“It is exciting to have Cam join hurdles champion Sally Pearson OAM as an official GC2018 Ambassador to encourage athletes and spectators to embrace and experience the Games.”
Minister for the Commonwealth Games the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP:
Mr Hinchliffe said McEvoy’s appointment as Ambassador marked another major milestone in the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Cam is not only an incredible athlete, but he’s well-respected out of the pool and it’s fantastic we’ve recruited him as one of our Games ambassadors.
“Cam will be a great addition to the GC2018 family.”
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate:
“I welcome ‘the Professor’ as our second official GC2018 Games Ambassador.
“You couldn’t get more Gold Coast than young Cam’ – vibrant, ambitious and determined…all attributes that have seen our city arrive on the world stage.
“I warmly welcome him to this role.”
GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC:
“Cam’ and Sally have extremely important roles to fill over the coming 575 days.
“They will be two of the bright faces of the largest event to be held in this country this decade and the part they will play in inviting the world to our shores cannot be underestimated.
“They both bring unique blends of sporting calibre, personality and humility to their ambassadorships and there is no doubt they will make the roles their own.
“It’s great to welcome Cam’ to the GC2018 family today.”
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters:
“The selection of Cam’ and Sally as our first two GC2018 ambassadors will not only help profile our Games, but we hope will inspire young people the world over to become more active in sport, physical fitness and their general health.
“They are the epitome of this city, its lifestyle and its many aspirations.”
Australian Commonwealth Games Association CEO Craig Phillips:
“It is great to see another hometown athlete join Sally Pearson as an ambassador for Gold Coast 2018.
“Cameron is already a six-time Commonwealth Games medallist after a successful campaign in Glasgow and we look forward to what he can achieve in his home town in 2018.
“He is a wonderful athlete and role model. Cam’ will be a terrific ambassador for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”