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  • Writer's pictureFelix Munyika

ZAMBIA'S MIRIAM MOYO HONORED WITH HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP AS NEW CGF LEADERSHIP EMERGES

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Zambia’s Miriam Moyo has been bestowed with the prestigious honour of Honorary Life Membership by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) at the 2023 CGF General Assembly in Singapore. This recognition stands as a testament to her unwavering dedication and outstanding contributions to the growth and development of sports across the African Region and the Commonwealth Sports Movement.


Moyo's journey within the Commonwealth Sports Movement began in 2008 when she was co-opted onto the Sports Committee. Her expertise and passion for sports quickly propelled her to the Games Coordination Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the event.

Miriam Moyo during the 2023 CGF Africa Regional held in  Zambia
Miriam Moyo during the 2023 CGF Africa Regional held in Zambia

From 2014 to 2023, Moyo served as CGF Regional Vice President for Africa, bringing her astute leadership and vision to the forefront. Her commitment to fostering unity, cohesion, and diversity within the African Region as part of the Commonwealth Sports Movement has been instrumental in shaping its trajectory.



Miriam Moyo (right) pictured with former CGF President Dame Louise Martin (left) after receiving her Honorary Life Member Certificate. Picture by CGF/Getty Images
Miriam Moyo (right) pictured with former CGF President Dame Louise Martin (left) after receiving her Honorary Life Member Certificate. Picture by CGF/Getty Images

"We should not forget as CGA Zambia where we are coming from and our history," remarked NOC/CGA Zambia President Alfred Foloko, who is present in Singapore. "We need to maintain our family unity, cohesion, diversity, and solidarity."

Foloko's words echo the sentiments of many within the Commonwealth Sports Movement, who recognize Moyo as an inspiration and a role model. Her contributions have extended beyond her official roles, as she has continuously mentored and empowered aspiring sports leaders across the region.

NOC/CGA Zambia President Alfred Foloko, Former CGF President Dame Louise Martin, and Former CGF RVP Africa Miriam Moyo
L-R:NOC/CGA Zambia President Alfred Foloko, Former CGF President Dame Louise Martin, and Former CGF RVP Africa Miriam Moyo

The CGF General Assembly also witnessed the ushering in of a new era of leadership, with Chris Jenkins taking the helm as incoming President from Dame Louise Martin who did not seek re-election following the completion of two terms at the helm. The newly elected Executive Board, along with three new Vice-Presidents and six Regional Vice-Presidents, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table.


New Vice Presidents of the CGF:

• Sandra Osborne (Barbados)

• Hugh Graham (Cook Islands)

• Dr. Donald Rukare (Uganda)


New Regional Vice-Presidents:

• Africa: Colonel Botsang Tshenyego (Botswana)

• Americas: Judy Simons (Bermuda)

• Asia: Christopher Chan (Singapore)

• Caribbean: Ephraim Penn (British Virgin Islands)

• Europe: Helen Phillips MBE (Wales)

• Oceania: Craig Philips (Australia)


As well as:

• New Chair of the Athletes Advisory Commission: Brendan Williams


New Members of the Sport Committee:

• Penalva Cezar (Africa)

• Andrew Brownlee (Americas)

• Lt Gen Harpel Singh (Asia)

• Cliff Williams (Caribbean)

• Francesca Carter-Kelly (Europe)

• Antoine Boudier (Oceania)


"We all have confidence in the new leadership at the helm of the Commonwealth Sports movement," stated Foloko. "We are optimistic that they will deliver to our satisfaction as this is a very experienced team with diverse skills that I'm sure will complement each other."

As the Commonwealth Sports Movement embarks on a new chapter, Moyo's legacy of excellence and unwavering commitment serves as a guiding light. Her induction as an Honorary Life Member is a fitting tribute to her remarkable contributions, and her spirit of sportsmanship will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations to come.





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