Mayor of Athletes Village revealed

As far as consolation prizes go, it's a pretty sweet one.

"It would have been so good to compete at a Commonwealth Games in my home town," champion cyclist Sara Carrigan said of hanging up her race helmet long before this year's event.

Sara Carrigan former cyclist has been appointed co-mayor of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games athletes village. Picture Mike Batterham
Sara Carrigan former cyclist has been appointed co-mayor of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games athletes village. Picture Mike Batterham

"But being asked to be (Athletes) Village mayor is awesome."

It's also a well-deserved reward for a proud Gold Coaster who scaled the heights of elite sport before returning to the city she loves to mentor the next generation of cyclists.

"I'm constantly humbled to hear about the work she's doing to progress grassroots cycling in Queensland," Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said ahead of today's naming of the 37-year-old and former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell as co-mayors of the Athletes Village.

Former Australian cyclist Sara Carrigan her child Bobbi Sing. Picture: Jerad Williams
Former Australian cyclist Sara Carrigan her child Bobbi Sing. Picture: Jerad Williams

"I can think of no one better to mentor our young athletes at the Commonwealth Games."

Ms Carrigan, who won gold at the 2004 Olympics, played a key role during the bid process showcasing the city she adopted as a seven-year-old to Commonwealth Games Federation delegates.

For Sara Carrigan it’s the perfect consolation prize. Picture Mike Batterham
For Sara Carrigan it’s the perfect consolation prize. Picture Mike Batterham

Now, as a mother of two young children, she will be playing host again as she spends a couple of weeks welcoming teams, mentoring athletes and shaking hands with dignitaries.

"I feel so proud and excited to be selected to represent the village and stand beside Mark," the Mermaid Beach resident said.

"You also end up as a confidant, motivator and supporter for all the athletes who may be nervous as they prepare to compete for their nations, some for the first time."

Mr Stockwell said: "I've worked with Sara and she's ideal. Her experience as an athlete and mother will come in very handy.

"I also think the women's movement in Australia is very strong but it's not as strong in other countries so the symbolism of our joint appointment is very important.

"We're showing the world that having women in high-profile roles is very important."


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