Ann-Louise Morgan, with repute of Boat Race’s continued growth and drive for equality, joins Commonwealth Games Federation as the Sport Services Manager on 9 May.
Speaking on the occasion of the announcement, the Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Federation, David Grevemberg CBE said: “I am delighted that someone of Ann-Louise’s calibre and reputation is joining the CGF team at this vital stage in our journey to 2022.”
“We look forward immensely to having her as part of a team which is committed to ensuring that athletes and sport are at the heart of everything we do – working closely with our partners, our host and bid cities, and our Sports Committee and Athletes Commission to engage and inspire all Commonwealth citizens through sport,” he further added.
Ann-Louise has been Race Director since December 2012, wherein she managed the prestigious race between Oxford and Cambridge rowing team. Her efforts saw the women’s race run alongside the men’s event for the first time in 2015. It is one of the world’s oldest sporting events, watched by thousands along the Thames and by millions more on TV around the world.
Hailing from Bradford, she has worked at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Rowing Championships and the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. Morgan began her career with the British Universities Sports Association (1992 – 96) organising domestic and national championships across a range of sports. At the 2000 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Sydney she was part of the Spectator Services Team.
At a time when CGF is going through changes to be Athlete-centric, sports-focused movement, her joining places renewed emphasis on strategic collaborations with International Federations as part of a new sports program for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and beyond.
The post, newly created to start with her, will work closely with host cities of Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games, and alongside the CGF’s Director of Sport and IF Relations, Matthew Curtain, to support delivery of an innovative, impactful and fully compliant sports program.
On the other hand, Ann-Louise Morgan spoke about her new appointment and said: “Having worked on a variety of multi-sport events and high profile single sport events, both for Organising Committees and International Federations, I can’t wait to bring my passion for sport – and focus on relationships and management – to this exciting new role.”
Further, she added,”I’m delighted to be part of what I know will be a truly game-changing sporting movement across the Commonwealth and I look forward to being part of the team to develop and deliver the sporting ambitions of the CGF’s new strategic plan, Transformation 2022.”