Glasgow 2014 appoints former Paralympian as temporary head of transport
Monday, 09 July 2012
July 9 - Glasgow 2014 has appointed former British Paralympian David McCrae as its interim head of transport with responsibility for leading and implementing strategy in the area for the Commonwealth Games.
The 49-year-old single-leg amputee from Ayr in Scotland joins the Organising Committee on a short-term consultancy basis from Transportation Management Services (TMS), where he is vice-president of the Major Events Division.
McCrae (pictured pushing the wheelchair at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics) will be in the post temporarily until November 2012, allowing for the conclusion of this year's Olympics and Paralympics, after which he will return to his post at TMS with a further recruitment process for a permanent appointment to follow his departure.
TMS, which has a contract for Glasgow 2014, helped design and plan the transport system for London 2012 and will be working on the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
During his career as an athlete, McCrae competed at four Paralympic Games in athletics and volleyball, and his mandate on the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee will see him lead on planning, scoping and operations covering all Games-related transport issues.
McCrae's key role is to ensure that athletes, spectators and officials have transport that is safe, secure, reliable and accessible during the 11 days of the Commonwealth Games, and that Glasgow (pictured below) and Scotland are able to keep fluid with the huge influx of people expected for the event.
He has vast experience in this field: after retiring from competition in 2000 he took up a position heading up spectator transport with the Salt Lake City 2002 Organising Committee for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
He was also head of bus systems for the Doha 2006 Asian Games.
In addition, McCrae has served on the Athletes' Committees of both the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA).
"As a native Scot and a former high-performance level athlete, I'm hugely excited to be able to work on the biggest multi-sport event ever seen in my home country," said McCrae.
"As with all major international Games, transport will play a crucial role for those enjoying Glasgow 2014, spectating, working and competing in the city.
"We also have the chance to leave a lasting legacy here and I'm keen to put my experience from other big events around the globe to [good] use for Glasgow."
"It is important that our transport planning for the Games draws on as much experience as possible," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.
"David joins us at a time when, with just over two years to go until the main event, we are shaping our strategic transport plan for Glasgow.
"Given his wide experience at previous multi-sport, multi-venue Games and enviable track record in both sport and transport, I'm sure his input into this process will prove invaluable and I am delighted we have secured his time."
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