Lincolnshire Sport President Ian Emmerson OBE has been made an Honorary Life Member of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
After 40 years of service to the games, Ian was handed the accolade during the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games prior to the 2014 games in Glasgow.
Speaking about his achievement, he said: “I am delighted to be awarded this honour. I really enjoyed my time with both Commonwealth Games England and the Federation.”
Emmerson’s first experience of the Commonwealth Games was in Edinburgh in 1970 as a cycling Technical Official.
After continued involvement in the games, he became Vice Chairman of Commonwealth Games England in 1994 and was elected as Chairman in 1998, remaining in this position until 2007.
From 2000 to 2011 he was also the European Regional President at the Commonwealth Games Federation, and in this role worked on the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee from 2007 to 2011.
Following the games in Glasgow, he commented: “The two weeks in Glasgow have been excellent and I am looking forward to the next Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.”
As well as being involved in the Commonwealth Games Emmerson has been present, either as a delegate or official, at Olympic Games in Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and London.
He was awarded the OBE for services to sport in 1994 and was also honoured by the University of Lincoln with an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his work in the City of Lincoln.