Birmingham 2022 unveils the members of its newly formed Athletes’ Advisory Committee, a group of Team England stars who will play a crucial role in the planning and delivery of the Commonwealth Games over the next two and a half years.
The Committee has been formed to represent the interests of athletes and provide the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games organisers with expert advice and guidance. They will outline exactly what competing athletes want and need from the Games experience. Specifically, they will be advising on the provision of facilities within sporting venues and the Athletes’ Village, catering, accommodation, transportation, training venues, accessibility and ceremonies.
The Committee includes triathlete Alistair Brownlee – Team England’s flag bearer from last year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Brownlee also won Commonwealth gold in 2014, in between his two Olympic triathlon titles, and has been chosen as Commonwealth Games England’s ex-officio member. He is joined on the committee by five other current athletes, including:
- Gold medal para athlete Katrina Hart, who is a member of Birmingham’s biggest athletics club, Birchfield Harriers, and won gold in the T37 100m back in Delhi in 2010
- Netballer Jodie Gibson, part of the England team who won gold in dramatic fashion in Australia last year
- Racewalker Tom Bosworth, a silver medallist from Gold Coast 2018
- Gold Coast silver medallist weightlifter Sarah Davies
- Squash player Sarah-Jane Perry, who was born in Birmingham and is another silver medallist from Gold Coast 2018
The Athletes’ Advisory Committee will be chaired by Zara Hyde Peters from the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee Board, who will report back to the board and share the athletes’ advice on how to create the best possible sporting experience for all the competitors at Birmingham 2022.
Katrina Hart said: “It’s such an honour to have been selected to be part of the Athletes’ Advisory Committee and it’s fascinating to be able to see behind the scenes of a major sports event. I’m excited to be able to play a key role in ensuring that Birmingham 2022 is the best possible Games for all of the 4,500 athletes that will be taking part.
“This role is made even more special for me as I’m helping to organise an event which is taking place right on my door step, so I’m even more determined to help ensure the Games is a success.”