London 31 October 2013 – The Commonwealth Games Federation has appointed Matthew Curtain as its first-ever Director of Sport.
Currently the Weightlifting Competition Manager at Glasgow 2014, Matthew has also held senior sports positions with a number of Organising Committees associated with previous Olympic and Commonwealth Games, including the highly successful 2012 summer Olympic Games in London and the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Weightlifting Federation and officiated as Technical Delegate for IPC Powerlifting at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
His responsibilities will include managing all aspects of the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games sports programmes and their development as well as maintaining positive relations with all International Sports Federations, future host cities and bidding cities. Anti-doping and the co-ordination of the activities of the CGF’s Athletes Commission and Sports Committee will also fall under Matthew’s areas of responsibility.
Speaking today in Glasgow Matthew said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this new role within the CGF; it comes at a time when the Games movement is in a strong position with the Gold Coast following in 2018 and positive early interest already expressed by a number of countries for 2022. I look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the Games ensuring that the sports programme continues to be reflective of sport in the Commonwealth’’.
Michael Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation said: “Glasgow 2014 is going to be a huge milestone in the story of the Commonwealth Games and in Matthew; I believe we’ve found the right person to make a significant contribution to the Games position in world sport.”
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 said: “I warmly welcome Matthew Curtain’s appointment as Director of Sport for the Commonwealth Games Federation. This new role presents great opportunities for the CGF, working in partnership with international sporting bodies, to drive forward the future vision and ambitions for the Commonwealth Games. I wish Matt well and we look forward to working with him and the CGF team in showcasing the Commonwealth Games movement in Glasgow and Scotland next year and delivering a great and memorable Games for athletes, spectators and the Commonwealth.”
Source: Commonwealth Games Federation