Isle of Man appoints Chef de Mission for Glasgow 2014
Saturday, 01 September 2012
September 1 - The Isle of Man has appointed Tonia Lushington as its Chef de Mission for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, they have announced.
Lushington, the 69-year-old secretary general of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association, had performed the same at role at Delhi in 2010.
The Isle of Man, who made their debut at the British and Empire Games, as it was then, at Cardiff in 1958, sent a team of 33 athletes to Delhi to compete in six sports.
They won two bronze medals, thanks to cyclist Mark Christian in the men's 40 kilometres points race and shooter Timothy James Kneale in the men's double trap.
It took to ten the total of medals won overall by the self-governing British Crown Dependency, located in the Irish Sea and which has a population of 85,000.
The most high-profile members of the Isle of Man team in Glasgow could both be cyclists.
Mark Cavendish is the world road race champion while Peter Kennaugh was a member of the Team GB pursuit team that won the Olympic gold medal at London 2012.
It made him the first Manxman in 100 years to win an Olympic gold medal.
Cavendish won the gold medal in the scratch at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
"I find myself enthralled by the level of commitment of our competitors and deem it a privilege to work with and encourage them all at Games time," said Lushington, a silver medallist in clay pigeon shooting at the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships and Island Games.
"I like being part of a committed and efficient team and am fascinated by how the Commonwealth Games Movement works, evolves, and the Games take place, at both local and national level.
"For a small Island we have achieved a remarkable level of success at the Commonwealth Games and I look forward to helping all of our team realise their potential at Glasgow 2014."