New ambassador is a slam dunk for the Games
NBA and Australian basketball star, Patty Mills has today joined the GC2018 family as the seventh official ambassador.
Canberra-born Patty plays for the San Antonio Spurs and is widely recognised as one of Australia’s best basketball exports.
Even though he will be unable to compete at the Games, the three-time Olympian for the Australian Boomers is excited to join the ranks of his idol, Cathy Freeman and share the GC2018 dream with the world.
"It’s an honour to join an inspiring and talented group of Australian athletes as an official ambassador for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games," Mills said.
"Cathy Freeman has been an inspiration for me, so it’s a real privilege to be in the same company as her as an ambassador for a home Commonwealth Games.
"Whilst NBA commitments will keep me from competing at GC2018 this ambassador role allows me to play a part and share the passion and excitement of these Games on a global stage.
"I’m a proud Indigenous Australian and I’m excited to spread the word about the Commonwealth Games being in my home country and the return of basketball for the first time since Melbourne 2006."
As his first point of business as an ambassador, Patty will embark on a North Queensland tour in early August, including stops in GC2018 event cities Cairns and Townsville, who will host the basketball preliminary rounds at the Games.
Patty is an inspiration for many young Australians and a leader within Indigenous communities across the country and knows what it means to compete in the green and gold at major competitions.
And that is the reason why GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC believes he is the right man for the job.
"Patty is a world class basketballer, a champion on and off the court and is proud to tell the story of his family and Australia to the world," Mr Beattie said.
"He is the perfect person to share the values of the Commonwealth Games movement and reinforce our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) objectives.
"He has a massive following and is a great addition to the ambassador family already spreading the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games message to Australia and the world."
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters has no doubt Patty will play a mentor role for the next generation of Australian basketball stars who will lead the charge for Australia at GC2018.
"There are not much bigger names in Australian sport right now so it is a real coup to have Patty join the GC2018 family," Mr Peters said.
"It’s only fitting with the return of basketball to the Commonwealth Games sports program that Patty joins us as an ambassador."
With 252 days until the Games start on the 4 April 2018, the popular basketballer joins Cathy Freeman OAM, Sally Pearson OAM, Cameron McEvoy, Anna Meares OAM, Laura Geitz and Kurt Fearnley OAM as a welcome member of the GC2018 Ambassador family.
To mark the occasion, Patty was presented with a commemorative surfboard – an iconic keepsake of the Gold Coast lifestyle.
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