“When I was asked to join the Birmingham 2022 Bid team I knew that this was about more than a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to compete on the global stage in front of a home crowd.

“We all believe that now is Birmingham’s time to shine. We have the venues, we have the talent and we want the Games here in 2022 because we know the positive impact they will have on our region and we know that we will deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever.

“We are clearly thrilled to have progressed to the next phase of the bidding process and all our energy is now focused on bringing the Games to Birmingham. If you haven’t already then do back Birmingham’s bid and help us to win.”