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Games Delivery Team

Games Delivery Team


  Sarah Winckless  
  Chef de Mission  

Sarah Winckless comes to us with a background in elite sport and a passion to create great teams to support today's athletes. As an Olympic rower she competed in three Olympic Games and six World Championships, gaining an Olympic Medal and being World Champion twice.

She has worked with Team GB through the London, Sochi and Rio cycles, in the time taking the role of Chef de Mission of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.
Sarah currently sits on both the UK anti-doping and British Bobsleigh and Skeleton boards. She balances her work in sport with developing teams in businesses through leadership and mentoring programmes.
Sarah was appointed in April 2016.
  Don Parker  
  Deputy Chef de Mission (Sport)

A former International Table Tennis Player who represented England over 200 times, Don joined CGE in 1997. Don graduated from Loughborough University in 1978 and was appointed National Coach by the English Table Tennis Association.

He worked within the Governing Body for 18 years in a variety of performance related positions. In 1995 he took up the position of Deputy Technical Director at the British Olympic Association, and was involved in the 1st BOA Holding Camp in Tallahassee.

In his time with Commonwealth Games England, Don has undertaken a senior role at all four Commonwealth Youth Games as well as the last five Commonwealth Games.

Pivotal to the roles undertaken by Don has been his relationship with the Governing Bodies, his sports knowledge, his relationship with athletes across all the Commonwealth Sports and his understanding of the multi-sport environment.

In recognition of his achievements, Don was voted on to the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Sports Committee.

  Louise Bell  
  Deputy Chef de Mission (Operations)

Louise has worked on international sport events since 2000, where she worked as a sport volunteer at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Following the Sydney Games, she worked for one of Australia’s leading Event Management companies, project managing events across Australia for client’s such as Swimming Australia and Surf Life Australia – two of the country’s most followed sports.

Australian born, Louise moved to the UK in 2007. She worked with the London Olympic Organising Committee, initially responsible for the logistics operation of the Aquatics Centre, before moving in to Venue Management, were she oversaw the Games Time operation.
Louise was Team England's Chef de Mission at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
Louise joined Commonwealth Games England in January 2013.
  Laura Hanna  
  Head Physiotherapist
Having qualified from the Royal London Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1987 Laura worked in the NHS for ten years before working in sport full time. During her career she has worked in the sports of netball, rugby, judo and most recently hockey.
Laura has attended six World University Games and five Olympic Games as part of the Great Britain Team and has held the roles of HQ Physiotherapist, Chief Physiotherapist, Sports Specific Physiotherapist and Head of Performance Services. Laura attended her first Commonwealth Games as part of the HQ medical team in KL, Malaysia in 1998 and has since attended a further four CWGs and three Commonwealth Youth Games.
Her full time work in sport has been at the British Olympic Medical Centre and for the last fifteen years with England Hockey as Physiotherapy Manager. She currently works with the senior women’s squad and oversees the work completed in the junior squads and has previously worked and travelled with the Senior Men’s Squad.    
  David Merlin  
  Team Physiotherapist


Having qualified as a Physiotherapist from Wolverhampton University back in 1995 David started his career part-time within the NHS as he was also pursuing a career in Professional Rugby with Northampton Saints & Worcester Warriors.

On his retirement from the professional game David obtained an MSc in the Science of Sports Medicine in 2004 but it wasn’t until London 2012 when he volunteered as a Games-Maker Physiotherapist that he decided to leave the NHS to concentrate on Elite Sport Medicine and the Multisport Games environment.

Every summer since 2012 David has been involved in a Multisport Games, most notably working with Team England in Glasgow 2014. Unfortunately, David pulled out from his role with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby which would have seen him attend the Paralympic games in Rio 2016, due to family commitments.

He now finds it easier to balance work and family life by working in 2 Private Practices and ad-hoc for the British Olympic Associations Intensive Rehabilitation Unit at Bisham Abbey and as a contractor for the English Institute of Sport. 
  David Babbs  
  Team Doctor


Qualifying from Charing Cross Hospital in 1981, David has worked in sport and exercise medicine for more than 30 years including 20 years with GB Rowing, becoming CMO in 2001. A former elite rower himself, he has accompanied GB Junior and Senior teams to many training camps and world championships and was GB Team Doctor at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

In 2003 he qualified as an osteopath and was HQ doctor at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the 2012 Olympics in London.

David has worked as a GP with special interest in sport, exercise and musculoskeletal medicine based in Stamford, Lincolnshire for more than 25 years. He is a keen club runner and participant and volunteer at the Rutland Water Parkrun. He has also completed 16 cross-country ski marathons.