Daegu 2011: Gold Coast golden girl Sally Pearson an inspiration for the bid
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
TAMPA: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games bid athlete advisory member Sally Pearson came home with the gold in the 110m hurdles at the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships.
Pearson smashed through with a record time of 12.28 seconds beating a 20 year history on the race.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said, “I’ve had a chance to get to know Sally through her involvement in the Bid and she’s not only a fantastic athlete but a fantastic person as well.
“I can’t think of a better person to be out there flying the flag for our Bid. Congratulations Sally – you deserve it!”
Bid chair, Mark Stockwell, was thrilled at Sally’s gold medal, “Sally’s performance will be remembered as one of Australia’s best sporting moments.
“We have always aimed to have athletes contribute to the overall plan and we are so pleased to have Sally, and other athletes of her calibre, assisting us on the Bid for the 2018 Games.
“Sally has given up much of her valuable time to demonstrate her support for the Bid and to be a part of our promotional DVD,” he added.
Andrew Baildon, chair of the Athlete Advisory Committee, congratulated his colleague, “To see any athlete win gold at a World Championships is fantastic, but to see a fellow Athlete Advisory Committee member achieve their dream really is special.
“It is great to have her involved and I’m looking forward to hopefully achieving more positive outcomes when the host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games is announced later in the year.”
The Gold Coast bid will be against Hambantota, Sri Lanka, as the Commonwealth Games Federation members go to vote for the 2018 host city in just 66 days at the general assembly in St. Kitts and Nevis.
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