Tony Holding, former deputy CEO for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games bid, joined the Halifax 2014 team this week as senior director of strategic relations – despite jetlag. Mr. Holding arrived in Halifax on Sunday, July 23, after traveling 17,500 kilometres from Melbourne, Australia, where he worked on the 18th Commonwealth Games since 1995. “The most unique feature of the Commonwealth Games is the friendly nature in the way the sports are competed,” said Mr. Holding. “Halifax should be confident in its ability to win this bid, given the city’s reputation for top-rate hospitality and friendly people.” As part of Halifax 2014’s senior management team, Mr. Holding will be responsible for building and managing international strategic relations. “Tony has a solid track record in developing a winning bid and staging a successful Games,” said Halifax 2014 CEO Scott Logan. “His role in developing the international relations strategy will be key to Halifax 2014’s success.” A native Australian, Mr. Holding was responsible for the overall planning integration for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and liaison with the Commonwealth Games Federation. Before that, Mr. Holding was deputy CEO for Melbourne’s bid to host the Games. “Having seen the spectacular outcome and excitement the Commonwealth Games bring to the winning city, I look forward to working with the people of Halifax to create that same experience,” said Mr. Holding. Mr. Holding is joined by his wife and two young children for the duration of the bid. The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka.