Canada’s Linda Cuthbert, Diving gold medalist at the Edmonton 1978 Commonwealth Games, has been elected as Sports Committee representative for the Americas region. Further to a regional vote called after Bermuda’s Philip Guishard stepped down from the role due to ill health, the position was contested by Linda Cuthbert (Canada) and Douglas Stanley (Bermuda). Following a request for nominations open to all seven Commonwealth Games Associations of the Americas region: Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Falkland Islands, Guyana and St Helena, Linda was chosen to represent the region.
Linda competed in two Commonwealth Games (Christchurch 1974 and Edmonton 1978) and has served as Vice President on the Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) Board since 2006. She has dedicated much of her life to sport, as an athlete, technical official, administrator, volunteer and consultant. She chairs CGC’s External Relations Committee, has previously chaired CGC’s High Performance Sport Committee and also sits on the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Ethics Committee.
Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE said: “Philip is a long-serving, loyal and dedicated member of the Commonwealth sporting fraternity and I want to thank him sincerely for his professionalism, companionship and warm personality during his time on the Sports Committee.
“The Sports Committee is playing a pivotal and extensive role in preparations for the upcoming competitions in the Bahamas and on the Gold Coast, so I am delighted to welcome Linda to the Sports Committee at this exciting time to ensure that the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games continue to develop as athlete-centred, sport-focused celebrations of sport and the Commonwealth”.
Commonwealth gold-medalist Linda Cuthbert said: “I’m honoured to be elected to this important position and look forward to working closely with my new colleagues. The Commonwealth Games have played a huge part in my own sporting career. I feel passionately that it’s an inspiring and important time to be involved in Commonwealth sport. I can’t wait to play my part to deliver on the sporting ambitions of Transformation 2022”.
The Sports Committee acts as an advisory body to the Executive Board on strategic and technical matters related to sport and partnerships with International Federations that impact the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games and the broader Commonwealth Sport Movement. The next meeting of the CGF Sports Committee, chaired by CGF Vice-President Bruce Robertson, takes place in Edmonton, Canada on 3 October, just prior to the General Assembly.