Glasgow 2014 CEO opens groundbreaking summit at GCU

22 July 2014

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg delivered the first address of the day.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg delivered the first address of the day.

An influential group of sport and civic leaders came together at Glasgow Caledonian University to take part in a unique international summit for social change through sport just days before the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

Beyond The Games put equal rights, inclusion and ethics at the top of the agenda on Monday, July 21, as speakers and delegates explored ways to advance promotion of and respect for the Commonwealth Games Federation’s core values of humanity, equality and destiny.

Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson; World Anti-Doping Association President and GCU honorary graduate Sir Craig Reedie; psychologist, organisational consultant and former NBA star John Amaechi; and former Unicef President Lord Puttnam took to the stage in the University’s Saltire Centre.

They were joined by Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government’s Minister for External Affairs and International Development; Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games; Mel Young, Founder of the Homeless World Cup; and Rimla Akhtar, Chair of the Muslim Women's Sports Foundation.

GCU’s Dr John Harris, Reader in International Sport and Event Management in Glasgow School for Business and Society, acted as moderator during one of the key break-out discussions. He was joined on the panel by Professor Alan Miller, Chair of Scottish Human Rights Commission; Piara Power, Executive Director of FARE Network and Siobhan Reardon, Programme Director Scotland, Amnesty International. Delegates were invited to look at how sport can be used as a tool to address discrimination.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg delivered the first address of the day. He told the audience: “This is an incredible opportunity to talk about issues that really matter. Sport is a critical part of every strong community. Legacy is not something that happens to you. It is something that happens by you.”

Speaking after the conference, Dr Harris said: “It was really fantastic to welcome so many people to GCU. The event demonstrated the unique power of sport in bringing together such an impressive collection of people. We received many compliments about our University and look forward to continuing our work in this area.”

GCU and Glasgow 2014

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