Sally Pearson named as Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ambassador

By Jacqueline Latimer on Jul 12 2016

She may have missed out on making the Rio 2016 Olympic team thanks to injury, but Sally Pearson now has her sights firmly set on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The Australian track queen was today announced as the first official ambassador of the GC2018.

Pearson joined Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk, Commonwealth Games Minister Sterling Hinchliffe, GC2018 GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie and CEO Mark Peters at an event held on the Surfers Paradise beachfront.

"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," Pearson said.

"The Commonwealth Games is an amazing experience for athletes and spectators, and in 2018 it will be the Gold Coast, my hometown, showcased to the world."

Pearson said GC2018 will inspire a new generation of young athletes and will 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 is definitely one of those low points, but I’m focused on giving myself the best opportunity to compete at the home Games," she said.

City of Gold Coast Acting Mayor Donna Gates said Sally's appointment would help to make these Games very Gold Coast focused.

"She is a world-class athlete, a great personality in the city and a fierce competitor who carries our city's brand on her shoulders as she competes around the world," Cr Gates said.

GC2018 will be hosted across 18 world-class venues on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.

Construction of three new venues is entering its most exciting phase with both the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre and the Queensland State Velodrome set for completion in the coming months.

Photo courtesy: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation