2013 – David Grevemberg

David_Grevemberg_07sDavid Grevemberg, Chief Executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (at the time of Bute Highland Games 2013); adopted Glaswegian; native of New Orleans; former wrestler and international sports manager.  These are just a few of the name tags you could pin on David Grevemberg.

In his role as Chief Executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, David was the man tasked with making sure Scotland’s biggest-ever multi-sport event was the great success it proved to be. It was a mission he was 100% committed to.  Indeed that overwhelming success resulted in his subsequent appointment as Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games’ Federation no less.

A supportive family and a sport-filled Louisiana childhood set David on the journey that eventually brought him to Glasgow. Prior to that he enjoyed success in school and college wrestling competitions at national and international level, but a serious injury curtailed his sporting ambitions. Undaunted, he instead turned his attention to coaching young athletes and building a career in sports’ management.

David learned his trade with the US Olympic and Paralympic movement and found his calling when asked to put together a high-performance plan for the US Paralympics’ Team at Atlanta 1996. It was there that he realized he could play a pivotal role in changing attitudes and driving change in the sports’ industry. A career in the Para-Sport movement followed, including 11 years in Germany as Sports Director of the International Paralympic Committee.

From 2000 David spent his time building the foundations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 71 nations and territories competed; a billion TV viewers watched; in excess of a million tickets were sold, giving people the chance to see world-class sporting action up-close. Behind the competition was an extensive engagement and legacy programme, designed to ensure that businesses, young people and communities got every opportunity to make the most of the Games.

Having been moved by the warm welcome his family enjoyed upon moving to Scotland, David was proud to have had the chance to wield the ceremonial cromach as Chieftain of the 2013 Bute Highland Games.