By Paul Osborne at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

David Grevemberg is looking ahead to his role at the head of the CGF and the next journey of the Movement, Gold Coast 2018 ©Getty ImagesGlasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg has urged Gold Coast 2018 to put their own stamp on the Commonwealth Games, an event he is set to be closely involved in when he takes up his new role. 

After spearheading Glasgow 2014, widely acknowledged as the "best Games ever", Grevemeberg is due to officially replace Mike Hooper as chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on November 3. 

"I think Gold Coast has absolutely a great opportunity on the back of where the [Commonwealth Games] Movement has pushed itself to, to make the most of this and do it their way," Grevemberg told insidethegames ahead of the CGF Coordination Commission, which is due to start tomorrow. 

"And I look forward to seeing how Gold Coast is going to make its contribution to the Games and do it in their own right and do it their way."

Even with the great success of Glasgow 2014, Grevemberg claimed Gold Coast 2018 needed to do things their own way. 

David Grevemberg will be closely involved in the preparations of Gold Coast 2018 after he takes over as chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation on November 3 ©Beyond SportDavid Grevemberg will be closely involved in the preparations of Gold Coast 2018 after he takes over as chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation on November 3 ©Beyond Sport

"I think there's some great lessons learned but they need to do ultimately what's right for them on the context of which they're working, which is a different context," he said.

"Glasgow, we used a very strong theme of regeneration.

"I would say that Gold Coast is more of a sustained market and we've had emerging markets on the stage before.

"I think in that context they've got to take what they can and use what we've been able to hand over to them and make this their's.

"Make it yours; that is it.

"Make it yours and run with it, and have the passion and the intrigue and the commitment and be innovative and make the difference."

"Be yourself, you've got to be yourself.

"We said it quite a few times this week, which is "how many of you have done this before?"

"And of course you could see people raise their hands and so forth.

"But none of us have done what we're going to do here in Gold Coast.

"So we all have as much to contribute as we have to learn."

Gold Coast 2018 has been urged by Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg to put its own stamp on the Commonwealth Games ©ITGGold Coast 2018 has been urged by Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg to put its own stamp on the Commonwealth Games ©ITG

Grevemberg is confident that preparations here are progressing on time.

"I think venues are very, very strong," he said.

"They've got the partnerships engaged which is critical.

"They've got a strong funding base, they're wrapping up their workforce which is where they need to be.

"They've followed us on our journey and worked very closely with us on our journey.

"They are where they need to be right now and I think it's important that they continue to not loss momentum."

"But that's all of us - that's the Movement as well.

"We can't lose momentum right now.

"These are exciting times.

"We built a platform and we want to keep running the ridge and keep moving forward."

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