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1974 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

The fourth Commonwealth Paraplegic Games were held in Dunedin, New Zealand from 13 to 19 January 1974. The Games were opened by Sir Denis Blundell, Governor General of New Zealand.

IV Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
1974 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games logo.jpg
Host cityDunedin, New Zealand
Nations participating13 plus three invited individual athletes
Athletes participating229 (175 Male / 54 Female)
Sports12
Events150
Opening ceremony13 January 1974
Closing ceremony19 January 1974
Officially opened bySir Denis Blundell (Governor-General)
Main venueCaledonian Ground
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Participating nationsEdit

The competing countries and competitors were:[1]

Three New Zealand based competitors competed by special invitation of the organising committee – T. Cullen, R. Porter and P. Read.

SportsEdit

The following sports were included in the Games:[2]

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Dartchery
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Pentathlon (Archery, Athletics and Swimming Events)
  • Shooting
  • Snooker
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Weightlifting (Men Only)
  • Wheelchair Basketball (Men Only)
  • Wheelchair Fencing

VenuesEdit

The following were the venues used for the Games:[3]

Venue Sport
Caledonian Sports Ground Athletics, Pentathlon, Wheelchair Basketball
Logan Park Archery, Dartchery, Lawn Bowls, Pentathlon, Slalom
University of Otago Physical Education School Gym Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball
University of Otago Union Hall Weightlifting, Wheelchair Fencing
Moana Pool Pentathlon, Swimming
St Kilda Indoor Rifle Range Shooting
RSA Billiard Room Snooker
Otago Museum Arts & Crafts Competition and Exhibition

The GamesEdit

Australia's Gwen Milburn won gold in the women's 60 m track athletics event.[4] Australia also picked up medals in the bowls event.[5]

The Outstanding Performers in Dunedin

The most successful athlete in Dunedin amongst the men was P. Reid from Jamaica who won 4 gold and 1 silver medal in field events, pentathlon and swimming. Amongst the women the most successful athlete was Caz Bryant from England who won 5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in fencing, field events, pentathlon, table tennis and track events.

Medal TableEdit

Nations Gold Silver Bronze Total
  Australia 45 36 29 110
  England 44 33 24 101
  New Zealand 29 20 24 73
  Jamaica 18 13 10 41
  Scotland 10 21 22 53
  Northern Ireland 3 7 3 13
  Wales 1 3 3 7
  Hong Kong 0 4 5 9
Invitational Athletes 0 2 1 3
  Kenya 0 2 1 3
  Malaysia 0 2 1 3
  Singapore 0 0 1 1
  Fiji 0 0 0 0
  India 0 0 0 0
150 143 124 417

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dr N.R. Jefferson – Papers relating to the New Zealand Paraplegic & Physically Disabled Federation Inc.’, 1968–2002 , MS-1479. Hocken / Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago Dunedin , New Zealand.
  2. ^ Official Sports Programme – Fourth British Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Dunedin. 1974.
  3. ^ "Fourth Commonwealth Paraplegic Games – Dunedin, New Zealand 1974". paralympicanorak. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  4. ^ "5 archery gold medals". Canberra Times. 27 July 1974. p. 37. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Mayoral Notes". The Broadcaster. Fairfield, New South Wales. 29 January 1974. p. 2. Retrieved 7 June 2017.