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Aimee Willmott joins Commonwealth Games England Board

7 May 2020

Aimee Willmott

F-Teamer, Double Olympian and Commonwealth Games Champion Aimee Willmott has joined the Commonwealth Games England Board as an athlete representative.

After winning the 400IM at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, Aimee will now help to advise the governing body ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games due to be held in England from late July to August. We caught up with Aimee after the announcement to discover her reaction and to reflect on her career highlights that led to this huge honour.

"I'm extremely honoured and excited that I've been accepted to the board of Commonwealth Games England as this is a really exciting opportunity for me.

I've had such great success as an athlete representing Team England at the Commonwealth Games. My first experience was in 2010. I was 17 years old and had qualified for the team for Delhi in the 200m IM, 400m IM and the 800m Freestyle. I made the final in each event and I was pretty pleased as it was my first international senior competition.

I then went on to win 2 silver medals at the Glasgow 2014 Games in the 400m IM and the 200m Butterfly. But I'd have to say that the highlight of my career was on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2018 where I won gold in the 400m IM on night one.

In 2018 I was a Team England ambassador and I heard about the athlete representative role on the Commonwealth Games England Board from the same person who nominated me for the ambassador position. I read the job description and it sounded really interesting. I love being part of Team England, and as I'm coming towards the end of my career it's given me the opportunity to stay involved with such a great team. At 27 years of age I feel very privileged to be given such a senior position to work on the board of directors for Commonwealth Games England.

I'm really looking forward to sharing my experiences with the rest of the board in the run up to a home games in Birmingham 2022. Within the role I will be giving an athlete's perspective on a range of topics, from team kit to travel.

At the end of the day, it's all about helping the next generation of athletes be the best they can be, and aiding the success of Team England!"

We wish Aimee all the best for the amazing opportunity and cannot wait to hear where the road takes her next.

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