The Commonwealth Secretariat has recognised three outstanding people for their work in promoting Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) across the world.
A special award ceremony was held at the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting (10CSMM) in honour of the people who showed exemplary dedication to using sport to improve others’ lives.
Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, gave awards to Dame Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF); Ambassador Dr. Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage, and previous chair of CSMM, and Ambassador Deryck Lance Murray, Chairman of the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS).
“It was an honour to be able to recognise and award these individuals,” said Scotland.
“They truly are game-changers, who have used their experience, wisdom and drive to push the sport sector forward, bringing about innovations that are improving lives across the Commonwealth.”
Dame Louise, an athlete for Team Scotland at the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games, became the first woman to be elected President of the Commonwealth Sport Movement and the CGF executive board.
In 2018, she was awarded a Damehood in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Commonwealth Sport. This came after she was awarded the CBE in 2003 for services to the Commonwealth Games.
In 2019, Ambassador Dr. Amina Mohamed was invited to serve the Commonwealth as Chair of the Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in Japan. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, her commitment to the sports sector in the Commonwealth saw her chair the first Commonwealth Sports Ministers forum in 2020.
In November 2021, under her leadership, Kenya hosted the first Senior Official Meeting on Accelerating Implementation in SDP in the Commonwealth.
Respected former West Indies cricketer, Deryck Murray has served as chair of CABOS since 2018. He has provided leadership and guidance to member states during some of the most difficult times for SDP.
His commitment to human rights in and through sports assisted the Commonwealth to agree on a Commonwealth Consensus statement on promoting human rights in and through sports, which is helping to guide countries on best practice.
The opening of the Games marked a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of promoting cooperation, peace, better health, equal rights and sustainable development across the Commonwealth’s 56 member countries.