What is a Village Mayor?
Olympians and Commonwealth Games medallists, Mark Stockwell and Sara Carrigan OAM have been named as Co-Mayors of the GC2018 Village.
Which is exciting news, but what exactly is a Commonwealth Games Village Mayor?
Traditionally, a Mayor is an elected city representative who not only oversees the city's main departments but also exercises legislative powers within city council.
Now the GC2018 Village Mayors role isn’t to scale as their city counterpart, however with a mini-city set to come to life in April, it is still imperative.
Stockwell and Carrigan will play a pivotal role in welcoming teams from 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth to their new home away from home.
The two Co-Mayor’s will also work with GOLDOC to ensure the overall smooth running of the Village during Games-time, so athletes need only focus on their performance.
To give you an idea of the mammoth task on hand, there have been approximately 120,000 items delivered to the Village already and it’s only just starting.
Including the official welcome, the two long-time Queenslanders will meet and greet dignitaries and officials and play the role of confidante, supporter and motivator for all residents.
The Village will come to life on 25 March with 6,600 athletes and team officials converging on the Parklands site.
As former athletes, both Stockwell and Carrigan will bring to the role extensive sporting experience and knowledge as well as a great insight into the needs of athletes.
Both have also shared in making GC2018 a reality with Stockwell chairing the successful Games bid from 2010-2011 and Carrigan also involved in the bid and a member of the GOLDOC Sport and Technical Committee.
“I am excited to be a part of the finale of this very long journey and can’t wait to see the Village come to life as a home away from home for the athletes and team officials,” Mr Stockwell said.
“This Village exudes vibrancy and energy – it is spectacular, and I can’t wait to welcome everyone and help them to enjoy an experience of a lifetime at GC2018,” Ms Carrigan said.
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