The first of four Commonwealth Sport regional meetings took place in Livingstone, Zambia, on 13 and 14 April, with a focus on planning and future events and development in the region.
Commonwealth Games Federation’s President, Dame Louise Martin, led the two-day meeting, which was also attended by senior members of the CGF’s management team, representatives of 19 Commonwealth Games Associations across Africa, as well as Regional Vice President Miriam Moyo.
In addition to workshops and extensive discussion around the forthcoming Strategic Plan, which will be launched later in the year, there were updates on development, a review of regional plans and sharing of best practice between delegates.
Jeroen Weimar, CEO of Victoria 2026, also attended the meeting, providing an update on progress of the next Commonwealth Games, which takes place across the State of Victoria in March 2026. There was also a virtual update on the Commonwealth Youth Games provided by the Organising Committee of Trinbago 2023.
Dame Louise Martin said: “It has been wonderful to be in Zambia discussing our vision of the future with CGAs in Africa.
“I thank everyone who attended for the enthusiasm and energy they brought to our workshops and wider discussions of both regional topics and the broader approach for Commonwealth Sport, as we move towards Victoria 2026 via Trinbago 2023.
“I would also like to thank the Zambia CGA for their support and generous hospitality here in Livingstone. It has been a pleasure to enjoy this wonderful country, with our visit to the Victoria Falls a particular highlight for those involved.
“These meetings are hugely important to us as an organisation, both to share our vision for the future, and to gain further understanding of how we can support our CGAs in their development plans. I look forward to our other regional meetings taking place over the coming weeks.”
The meeting was the first of three taking place around the world this month, with the Asia/Oceania event taking place in Brisbane on 22 and 23 April, before moving to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for the Americas/Caribbean region on 27 and 28 April.
A final regional meeting for CGAs in Europe will take place in London in June.