Glasgow 2014 appoint Mendl for top medical role
Friday, 26 August 2011
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August 26 - Glasgow 2014 has appointed Liz Mendl as the new head of medical services for the Commonwealth Games where she will oversee the scoping, planning and delivery of all medical services during the event, including the management of the anti-doping programme.
Mendl, who is originally from Edinburgh, joins Glasgow 2014 from the sportscotland Institute of Sport where she was high performance manager and responsible for sport-specific programmes including Paralympic and winter sports.
She will official join Glasgow 2014 on October 17 and will be responsible for the health and wellbeing of the 6,500 athletes and officials who will be at Glasgow 2014.
Mendl will also oversee the catering for the medical needs of the hundreds of thousands of spectators and volunteers who will attend the Games and revealed she is excited about taking up the role.
"I can't wait to get started at Glasgow 2014," Mendl said.
"Having been involved in international sporting events for the majority of my career, it will be an honour to work in what I know will be a focused and driven team.
"I experienced a home Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986 and I'm looking forward to helping deliver an outstanding Games in Glasgow in 2014."
Mendl has 25 years' experience of working at major international sporting events, including her role as physiotherapist at Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympic Games.
Most recently, she was village manager for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh in 2008 and camp manager for Paralympics GB in Macau at the preparation camp for the Beijing 2008 Games.
"Liz's role will be crucial in ensuring the successful provision and delivery of medical services at Glasgow 2014, helping athletes, officials, volunteers, and spectators to have a positive Games experience," said Glasgow 2014's acting chief executive David Grevemberg.
"As part of her role, Liz will build key relationships with the medical services community in Scotland, which will be vital in delivering this important remit.
"Liz brings with her a wealth of experience having worked on four Commonwealth Games and four Winter Olympics.
"Her knowledge of world class sporting events, combined with her background in physiotherapy and high performance sport will be invaluable to us."
Mendl is also a member of the Sport Dispute Resolution Panel, the Advisory Board of Human Race and holds the position of diversity officer of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine.