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Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission

Fitz alum Sarah Winckless is to be Team England Chef de Mission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Winckless (NatSci 1993) is a former rower, won a bronze medal in double sculls with her partner Elise Laverick at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and was twice world champion - in 2005 and 2006. She has previously held the position of UK Chef de Mission for the Youth Olympic Games and served as the inaugural Chairman of the BOA’s Athletes Commission.


She was the first woman to be appointed as a Boat Race umpire and in 2015 she was awarded an MBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours for ‘services to sport and young people’.


Accountable to CEO Paul Blanchard, Winckless will work alongside the existing Commonwealth Games England team and additional Games Delivery staff to provide leadership and direction to Team England before, during and post the 2018 Games. The Chef de Mission has overall accountability for all team members during the Games.


Sarah Winckless said:

“I am delighted to accept this exciting opportunity and lead England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Having been an international athlete, I understand what is needed to allow athletes to perform at their best at major events and I am looking forward to working with CGE to ensure that we are as best prepared as we possibly can be.”

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