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Cameron McEvoy takes on ambassador role

AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016 Simone Ziaziaris

Olympic medallist and swimmer Cameron McEvoy will join hurdles champion Sally Pearson as an official Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ambassador.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk travelled to Sydney to make the announcement on Tuesday, saying McEvoy was among a new generation of Australian swimmers looking to make their mark at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

The swimmer, who lives on the Gold Coast, says he's excited to join the Gold Coast ambassador family and to play a part in promoting the international event.

"I have grown up on the Gold Coast and it is the only city I have known and I have lived in, so to have the opportunity to broadcast not only to the city of the Gold Coast but to Queensland, Australia and the other 1.5 billion people that are going to tune into the Games and to show them my sport... is something special," he said on Tuesday.

"You don't often get a home Commonwealth Games or at home international sporting event in swimming so that to me will be really exciting."

Premier Palaszczuk said the preparations for the games were running smoothly and "well on time and on budget".

"We are 100 per cent focused on delivering the best Commonwealth Games that we have ever seen," she said.

"We have world-class sporting facilities and we have a commitment to get everything finished and completed on time."

McEvoy, 22, has already dipped his toe in the new competition pool, which he says is in the "perfect" location at the Southport Broadwater Parklands.

"I swam my third fastest 100 metre freestyle time in that pool," he told AAP.

"A lot of the feeling is due to the atmosphere and location, it is not purely to do with the dynamics of the water or the pool itself."

McEvoy, who won bronze in the men's 4x100 medley relay and 4x100 freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics, will be involved in promoting the Gold Coast Games across Australia and the world.

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