Australian basketball star Patrick ‘Patty’ Mills has today been announced as the seventh official Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ambassador.
The announcement was made by Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Chairman, Peter Beattie at Keebra Park State High School.
Canberra-born Mills plays for the San Antonio Spurs and was a member of their NBA championship winning team in 2014. He has also competed for the Australian Boomers at the past three Olympic Games.
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The popular basketballer joins Cathy Freeman, Sally Pearson, Cameron McEvoy, Anna Meares, Laura Geitz and Kurt Fearnley.
“It’s an honour to join an inspiring and talented group of Australian athletes as an official ambassador for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr Mills said.
“Cathy Freeman has been an inspiration for me, so it’s a real privilege to be in the same company as her as an ambassador for a home Commonwealth Games.
While Patty won’t be competing at the Games, he says he is looking forward to sharing the excitement of the games to the world.
“Whilst NBA commitments will keep me from competing at GC2018 this ambassador role allows me to play a part and share the passion and excitement of these Games on a global stage.
As part of his ambassador role, Patty will embark on a Far North Queensland tour in early August, including stops in GC2018 event cities Cairns and Townsville.