1930 British Empire Games

The 1930 British Empire Games were the first of what later become known as the Commonwealth Games, and were held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from August 16-23 1930.

The events included Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, Swimming, and Wrestling. The opening ceremonies and many events were held at the Civic Stadium (now Ivor Wynne Stadium) in east Hamilton.

Participating Teams

There were 11 teams participating in these first British Empire Games:

  • Newfoundland
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland

Medals by country

 Rank  Nation GoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 England25231361
2 Canada20151954
3 South Africa64717
4 New Zealand3429
5 Australia3418
6 Scotland23510
7 Wales0213
8 British Guiana0112
9 Ireland0101
Total 59 57 49 165

Medals by event

Athletics

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 YardsMenPercy Williams (CAN)9.9Ernest Page (ENG)10.2eJohnny Fitzpatrick (CAN)
220 YardsMenStanley Engelhart (ENG)21.8Johnny Fitzpatrick (CAN)William Walters (SAF)
440 YardsMenAlex Wilson (CAN)48.8William Walters (SAF)48.9eGeorge Golding (AUS)
880 YardsMenTommy Hampson (ENG)00:01:52Reg Thomas (ENG)1:55.5eAlex Wilson (CAN)1:55.6e
1 MileMenReg Thomas (ENG)00:04:14William Whyte (AUS)4:17.0eJerry Cornes (ENG)
3 MilesMenStan Tomlin (ENG)00:14:27Alex Hillhouse (AUS)14:27.6eJack Winfield (ENG)14:28e
6 MilesMenJohn "Billy" Savidan (NZL)00:30:50Ernie Harper (ENG)31:01.6eTom Evenson (ENG)
MarathonMenDunky Wright (SCO)02:43:43Sam Ferris (ENG)+880ydJohnny Miles (CAN)+300yd
3000 Metres SteeplechaseMenGeorge Bailey (ENG)00:09:52Alex Hillhouse (AUS)Vernon Morgan (ENG)
120 Yards HurdlesMenLord Burghley (ENG)14.6Howard Davies (SAF)14.7eFred Gaby (ENG)
440 Yards HurdlesMenLord Burghley (ENG)54.4Roger Leigh-Wood (ENG)55.9eDouglas Neame (ENG)
High JumpMenJohannes Viljoen (SAF)1.9Colin Gordon (BGU)1.88William Stargratt (CAN)1.85
Pole VaultMenVic Pickard (CAN)3.73Howard Ford (ENG)3.73Robert Stoddard (CAN)
Long JumpMenLen Hutton (CAN)7.2Reginald Revans (ENG)6.96Johannes Viljoen (SAF)6.86
Triple JumpMenGordon Smallacombe (CAN)14.76Reginald Revans (ENG)14.29Len Hutton (CAN)13.9
ShotMenHarry Hart (SAF)14.58Robert "Bonzo" Howland (ENG)13.46Charlie Herman (CAN)12.98
DiscusMenHarry Hart (SAF)41.43Charlie Herman (CAN)41.22Abe Zvonkin (CAN)41.17
HammerMenMalcolm Nokes (ENG)47.13Bill Britton (IRL)46.89John Cameron (CAN)44.45
JavelinMenStanley Lay (NZL)63.13Doral Pilling (CAN)55.93Harry Hart (SAF)53.21
4 x 110 Yards RelayMenCanada (CAN)42.2England (ENG)42.7eSouth Africa (SAF)
4 x 440 Yards RelayMenEngland (ENG)00:03:19Canada (CAN)3:19.8eSouth Africa (SAF)

Bowls

EventGoldSilverBronze
SinglesMenRobert Colquhoun (ENG)J.G. Thomas (SAF)William Fielding (NZL)
PairsMenTommy Hills & George Wright (ENG)William Fielding & Peter McWhannell (NZL)W.H. Moore & Arthur Reid (CAN)
FoursMenEngland (ENG)Canada (CAN)Scotland † (SCO)

Boxing

EventGoldSilverBronze
FlyweightMenJacob Smith (SAF)Thomas Pardoe (ENG)Ross Galloway (CAN)
BantamweightMenHarry Mizler (ENG)Tommy Holt (SCO)John Keller (CAN)
FeatherweightMenF.R. Meacham (ENG)Lawrence Stevens (SAF)Alex Lyon (SCO)
LightweightMenJames Rolland (SCO)Cosmos Canzano (CAN)Albert Love (ENG)
WelterweightMenLeonard Hall (SAF)Howard Williams (CAN)F. Brooman (ENG)
MiddleweightMenFrederick Mallin (ENG)Dudley Gallagher (AUS)E Pearce (SAF)
Light HeavyweightMenJoe Goyder (ENG)Joey Basson (ENG)A Pitcher (CAN)
HeavyweightMenVictor Stuart (ENG)William Skimming (CAN)

Rowing

EventGoldSilverBronze
Single ScullsMenHenry "Bobby" Pearce (AUS)00:08:04Jack Beresford (ENG)Fred Bradley (ENG)
Double ScullsMenElswood Bole & Bob Richards (CAN)00:07:48
Coxless FoursMenF.M.L Fitzwilliams, A.J. Halby, Arthur Edwards & Humphrey Boardman (ENG)00:07:05J. Gayner, J. Fleming, O.G. Bellew & H.J. Pelham (CAN)+2 lgthsBarry Johnson, Vic Olsson, Alex Ross & Charley Saunders (NZL)
Coxed FoursMenMick Brough, John MacDonald, Ben Waters, Bert Sandos & Arthur Eastwood (NZL)00:08:02B.L. Gales, R.S. Evans, J.A. Butler, H.R. McCuaig & A. Miles (CAN)+2 lgthsJ.I. Matthews, F.O. Gomes, B.P. Bagley, E.M. Gonsalves & J. Jardine (BGU)
EightsMenEngland (ENG)00:06:37New Zealand (NZL)+0.75 lgthsCanada (CAN)+4 lgths


In the Double Sculls event only Canada was represented, so the organisers simply invited a couple of crews from the United States of America to provide some opposition.

Swimming

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 Yards FreestyleMenMunroe Bourne (CAN)56Norman Brooks (ENG)56.1Bert Gibson (CAN)
400 Yards FreestyleMenNoel Ryan (AUS)00:04:40Gordon Bridson (NZL)00:04:46George Burleigh (CAN)
1500 Yards FreestyleMenNoel Ryan (AUS)00:18:55Gordon Bridson (NZL)00:19:41George Burleigh (CAN)
100 Yards BackstrokeMenJames "Bill" Trippett (ENG)00:01:05Willie Francis (SCO)00:01:06John Besford (ENG)00:01:07
200 Yards BreaststrokeMenJack Aubin (CAN)00:02:38Stanley Bell (ENG)00:02:40Reggie Flint (ENG)00:02:45
4 x 200 Yards Freestyle RelayMenCanada (CAN)00:08:42England (ENG)00:08:43

Diving

EventGoldSilverBronze
3 Metres Springboard DivingMenAlfred Phillips (CAN)147Cyril Kennett (CAN)138Arthur Stott (CAN)127
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] DivingMenAlfred Phillips (CAN)90.6Samuel Walker (CAN)83.3Thomas Scott (ENG)82.3

Swimming

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 Yards FreestyleWomenJoyce Cooper (ENG)00:01:07Ellen King (SCO)00:01:07Valerie Davies (WAL)
400 Yards FreestyleWomenJoyce Cooper (ENG)00:05:25Valerie Davies (WAL)00:05:28Sarah Stewart (SCO)
100 Yards BackstrokeWomenJoyce Cooper (ENG)00:01:15Valerie Davies (WAL)00:01:17Phyllis Harding (ENG)00:01:18
200 Yards BreaststrokeWomenCelia Wolstenholme (ENG)00:02:55Margery Hinton (ENG)00:03:04Ellen King (SCO)
4 x 100 Yards Freestyle RelayWomenEngland (ENG)00:04:33Canada (CAN)00:04:33Scotland (SCO)00:04:37

Diving

EventGoldSilverBronze
3 Metres Springboard DivingWomenOonagh Whitsett (SAF)90.1Doris Ogilvie (CAN)89.7Mollie Bailey (CAN)88.7
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] DivingWomenPearl Stoneham (CAN)39.3Helen McCormack (CAN)38.3

Wrestling

EventGoldSilverBronze
BantamweightMenJames Trifunov (CAN)Joseph Reid (ENG)
FeatherweightMenCliff Chilcott (CAN)
LightweightMenHoward Thomas (CAN)Harold Angus (ENG)
WelterweightMenReg Priestley (CAN)Harry Johnson (ENG)
MiddleweightMenMike Chepwick (CAN)Stanley Bissell (ENG)Max Thiel (SAF)
Light HeavyweightMenBill McIntyre (CAN)Edgar Bacon (ENG)
HeavyweightMenEarl McCready (CAN)Alex Sanguine (ENG)

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Gold Silver Bronze Total
Bermuda 0 0 0 0

Athletics

Men's 100 Yard Dash
  • David Belvin - 5th in Heat 2

Officials

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