1994 Commonwealth Games

The 1994 Commonwealth Games (French: XVéme Jeux du Commonwealth) were held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from 18 to 28 August 1994. Ten types of sports were featured at the Victoria Games: athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting, weightlifting, and wrestling.

XV Commonwealth Games
Logo of 1994 Commonwealth Games
Host cityVictoria, Canada
MottoCatch The Spirit
Eventsevents in 10 sports
Opening18 August 1994
Closing28 August 1994
Opened byElizabeth II
Closed byPrince Edward
Queen's Baton Final RunnerMyriam Bédard
Main venueCentennial Stadium

Host selection edit

Three bids for the 1994 Commonwealth Games were submitted. Victoria, New Delhi, and Cardiff were the bidding cities. On 15 September 1988, the Commonwealth Games Federation voted to award Victoria the 1994 Commonwealth Games.[1]

1994 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Country Votes
Victoria   Canada 29
New Delhi   India 18
Cardiff   Wales 7

Venues edit


Final "Original Games" edit

The 1994 games was the last time team sports were excluded. In 1991, the Commonwealth Games Federation deemed the original setup of ten sports to be obsolete. Beginning with the 1998 games, team sports such as Rugby sevens, Basketball, and Field hockey were added. The decision was taken to encourage more revenue streams from television by making the games more attractive to viewing audiences.

Opening ceremony edit

A simple friendly atmosphere was the theme to the Opening Ceremonies. In the presence of Prince Edward, the Athletes had a long march past to their seated area (an idea created four years previously and emulated since at the 2014 Games in Glasgow). Welcome speeches and flag raisings were followed by a precision horse riding display by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A visual and theatrical display by the Four Nations Tribes culminated in a massive Thunderbird symbol covering the entire inner field. This was followed by a flypast by the Snowbirds Canadian Forces aerobatic display team.

Games edit

Participating teams edit

There were 63 participating nations at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. The XV Commonwealth Games marked South Africa's return to the Commonwealth Games following the apartheid era, and over 30 years since the country last competed in the Games in 1958. Namibia participated in its first Games after gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, and the Caribbean island of Montserrat also made their Games debut. This was Hong Kong's last appearance at the Games before the transfer of sovereignty from Britain to China.

Participating Commonwealth Countries & Territories
Debuting Commonwealth Countries and Territories
Nations that competed at the Games

Sports edit

There were events in 14 disciplines across 10 sports for the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Calendar edit

The following table shows a summary of the competition schedule.

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
August 18
Ceremonies OC CC
  Athletics 1 9 4 2 11 6 11 44
  Badminton 1 5 6
  Boxing 12 12
  Cycling 2 2 1 3 2 3 13
  Diving 2 2 2 6
  Gymnastics 1 1 2 10 1 1 4 20
  Lawn bowls 2 2 2 2 8
  Shooting 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 32
  Synchronised swimming 2 2
  Swimming 6 5 6 5 6 6 34
  Weightlifting 6 6 6 6 6 30
  Wrestling 5 5 10
Total events 13 17 20 24 25 22 19 25 41 11 217
Cumulative total 13 30 50 74 99 121 140 165 206 217
August 18

Medal table edit

This is a full table of the medal count of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. These rankings sort by the number of gold medals earned by a country. The number of silvers is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically. This follows the system used by the IOC, IAAF and BBC.

This was the first time since the commencement of the British Empire Games (in 1930) that England did not achieve a medal ranking in the top two.

  *   Host nation (Canada)

1  Australia895344186
2  Canada*404247129
3  England304551126
4  Nigeria11131337
5  Kenya74819
6  India611724
7  Scotland631120
8  New Zealand5162142
9  Wales58619
10  Northern Ireland52310
11  Nauru3003
12  South Africa24511
13  Jamaica2428
14  Malaysia2327
15  Cyprus2125
16  Sri Lanka1203
17  Zambia1124
18  Namibia1012
19  Zimbabwe0336
20  Papua New Guinea0101
  Western Samoa0101
22  Hong Kong0044
23  Pakistan0033
24  Ghana0022
  Trinidad and Tobago0022
27  Bermuda0011
  Norfolk Island0011
Totals (33 entries)218217248683

Medals by event edit

Aquatics edit

Athletics edit

Badminton edit

Bowls edit

Boxing edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight   Abdurahaman Ramadhani (KEN)   Victor Kasote (ZAM)   Sah Birju (IND)
  Domenic Figliomeni (CAN)
Flyweight   Paul Shepherd (SCO)   Duncan Karanja (KEN)   Bornface Makuka (ZAM)
  Danny Costello (ENG)
Bantamweight   Robert Peden (AUS)   Spencer Oliver (ENG)   Fred Mutuweta (UGA)
Featherweight   Casey Patton (CAN)   Jason Cook (WAL)   Matumla Hassan (TAN)
  James Swan (AUS)
Lightweight   Michael Strange (CAN)   Martin Renaghan (NIR)   Kalolo Fiaui (NZL)
  Arshad Hussain (PAK)
Light Welterweight   Peter Richardson (ENG)   Mark Winters (NIR)   Trevor Shailer (NZL)
  Tijani Moro (GHA)
Welterweight   Neil Sinclair (NIR)   Albert Eromosele (NGR)   Richard Rowles (AUS)
  Wald Fleming (CAN)
Light Middleweight   Jimmy Webb (NIR)   Bob Gasio (WSM)   Joseph Townsley (SCO)
  Rival Cadeau (SEY)
Middleweight   Rowan Donaldson (CAN)   Rasmus Ojemaye (NGR)   Peter Wanyoike (KEN)
  Mervyn Penniston-John (TRI)
Light Heavyweight   Dale Brown (CAN)   John Wilson (SCO)   France Mabiletsa (BOT)
  Peter Odhiambo (KEN)
Heavyweight   Omar Ahmed (KEN)   Steve Gallinger (CAN)   Ezwell Ndlovu (ZIM)
  Charles Kizza (UGA)
Super Heavyweight   Duncan Dokiwari (NGR)   David Anyim (KEN)   Paea Wolfgramm (TON)
  Danny Williams (ENG)

Cycling edit

Track edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial   Shane Kelly (AUS) 00:01:05   Darryn Hill (AUS) 00:01:06   Tim O'Shannessey (AUS) 00:01:07
Sprint   Gary Neiwand (AUS)   Curt Harnett (CAN)   Darryn Hill (AUS)
Individual Pursuit   Brad McGee (AUS) 00:04:31   Shaun Wallace (ENG) 00:04:35   Stuart O'Grady (AUS) 00:04:35
Team Pursuit   Australia (AUS)
Brett Aitken
Brad McGee
Stuart O'Grady
Tim O'Shannessey
00:04:10   England (ENG)
Tony Doyle
Rob Hayles
Chris Newton
Bryan Steel
caught   New Zealand (NZL)
Brendon Cameron
Julian Dean
Glen Thomson
Lee Vertongen
10 Miles Scratch   Stuart O'Grady (AUS) 00:18:51   Glenn McLeay (NZL) 00:18:51   Brian Walton (CAN) 00:18:51
Points Race   Brett Aitken (AUS) 38   Stuart O'Grady (AUS) 37   Dean Woods (AUS) 23
Sprint   Tanya Dubnicoff (CAN)   Michelle Ferris (AUS)   Donna Wynd (NZL)
Individual Pursuit   Kathy Watt (AUS) 00:03:49   Sarah Ulmer (NZL) 00:03:51   Jacqui Nelson (NZL) 00:03:55
Points Race   Yvonne McGregor (ENG) 5   Jacqui Nelson (NZL) 1+32   Sally Hodge (WAL) 1+28

Road edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Road Race   Mark Rendell (NZL) 04:46:08   Brian Fowler (NZL) 04:48:10   Willem Engelbrecht (RSA) 04:48:10
Team Time Trial   Australia (AUS)
Phil Anderson
Brett Dennis
Henk Vogels
Damian McDonald
01:53:19   England (ENG)
Peter Longbottom
Matt Illingworth
Simon Lillistone
Paul Jennings
01:56:41   New Zealand (NZL)
Brian Fowler
Paul Leitch
Tim Pawson
Mark Rendell
Road Race   Kathy Watt (AUS) 02:48:05   Linda Jackson (CAN) 02:48:35   Alison Sydor (CAN) 02:50:17
Team Time Trial   Australia (AUS)
Catherine Reardon
Kathy Watt
Louise Nolan
Rachel Marianne Victor
01:04:03   Canada (CAN)
Alison Sydor
Anne Samplonius
Clara Hughes
Lesley A Tomlinson
01:04:19   England (ENG)
Julia Freeman
Maria Lawrence
Maxine Johnson
Yvonne McGregor

Gymnastics edit

Artistic edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around   Neil Thomas (ENG) 55.95   Brennon Dowrick (AUS) 55.525   Peter Hogan (AUS) 54.95
Team   Canada (CAN)
Alan Nolet
Kristan Burley
Richard Ikeda
Travis Romagnoli
164.7   Australia (AUS)
Brennon Dowrick
Bret Hudson
Nathan Kingston
Peter Hogan
164.5   England (ENG)
Lee McDermott
Neil Thomas
Paul Bowler
Robert Barber
Horizontal Bar   Alan Nolet (CAN) 9.512   Richard Ikeda (CAN) 9.5   Nathan Kingston (AUS) 9.325
Parallel Bars   Peter Hogan (AUS) 9.4   Kris Burley (CAN) 9.35   Brennon Dowrick (AUS) 9.25
Vault   Bret Hudson (AUS) 9.375   Kris Burley (CAN) 9.312   Neil Thomas (ENG) 9.306
Pommel Horse   Brennon Dowrick (AUS) 9.425   Nathan Kingston (AUS) 9.4   Richard Ikeda (CAN) 9.225
Rings   Lee McDermott (ENG) 9.475   Peter Hogan (AUS) 9.275   Brennon Dowrick (AUS) 9.15
Floor   Neil Thomas (ENG) 9.662   Kris Burley (CAN) 9.437   Alan Nolet (CAN) 9.15
All-Around   Stella Umeh (CAN) 38.4   Rebecca Stoyel (AUS) 38.037   Zita Lusack (ENG) 37.725
Team   England (ENG)
Annika Reeder
Jackie Brady
Karin Szymko
Zita Lusack
114.22   Canada (CAN)
Jaime Hill
Lisa Simes
Stacey Galloway
Stella Umeh
113.65   Australia (AUS)
Joanna Hughes
Rebecca Stoyel
Ruth Moniz
Salli Wills
Asymmetric Bars   Rebecca Stoyel (AUS) 9.525   Stella Umeh (CAN) 9.45   Sara Thompson (NZL) 9.337
Beam   Salli Wills (AUS) 9.075   Zita Lusack (ENG) 8.987   Ruth Moniz (AUS) 8.9
Vault   Stella Umeh (CAN) 9.556   Sonia Lawrence (WAL) 9.543   Lisa Simes (CAN) 9.506
Floor   Annika Reeder (ENG) 9.75   Jackie Brady (ENG) 9.662   Lisa Simes (CAN) 9.55

Rhythmic edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around   Kasumi Takahashi (AUS) 36.85   Camille Martens (CAN) 36.6   Debbie Southwick (ENG)
  Joanne Walker (SCO)
Team   Canada (CAN)
Camille Martens
Gretchen McLennan
Lindsay Richards
106.9   Australia (AUS)
Kasumi Takahashi
Katie Mitchell
Leigh Marning
105.3   England (ENG)
Aicha McKenzie
Debbie Southwick
Linda Southwick
Ball   Kasumi Takahashi (AUS) 9.2   Camille Martens (CAN) 9   Aicha McKenzie (ENG)
  Gretchen McLennan (CAN)
Clubs   Kasumi Takahashi (AUS) 9.4   Camille Martens (CAN) 9.15   Leigh Marning (AUS) 9
Hoop   Kasumi Takahashi (AUS) 9.3   Lindsay Richards (CAN) 9.05   Aicha McKenzie (ENG) 8.9
Ribbon   Kasumi Takahashi (AUS) 9.2   Camille Martens (CAN) 9.05   Gretchen McLennan (CAN) 9

Shooting edit

Pistol edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50m Free Pistol   Mick Gault (ENG) 654.1   Phil Adams (AUS) 647   Bengt Sandstrom (AUS) 642.5
50m Free Pistol – Pairs   Phil Adams
Bengt Sandström (AUS)
1104   Julian Lawton
Greg Yelavich (NZL)
1094   Mick Gault
Paul Leatherdale (ENG)
25m Centre-Fire Pistol   Jaspal Rana (IND) 581   Mick Gault (ENG) 581   Greg Yelavich (NZL) 575
25m Centre-Fire Pistol – Pairs   Jaspal Rana
Ashok Pandit (IND)
1168   Kelvin Vickers
Phil Adams (AUS)
1149   Stanley Wills
John Rochon (CAN)
25m Rapid-Fire Pistol   Michael Jay (WAL) 670.2   Robert Dowling (AUS) 668.4   Pat Murray (AUS) 668.1
25m Rapid-Fire Pistol – Pairs   Pat Murray
Robert Dowling (AUS)
1148   Richard Craven
Michael Jay (WAL)
1142   Adrian Breton
Graham La Maitre (GGY)
10m Air Pistol   Jean-Pierre Huot (CAN) 672.4   Jaspal Rana (IND) 670.7   Greg Yelavich (NZL) 668.5
10m Air Pistol – Pairs   Mike Giustiniano
Bengt Sandström (AUS)
1137   Jean-Pierre Huot
John Rochon (CAN)
1135   Jaspal Rana
Vivek Singh (IND)
25m Sport Pistol   Christine Trefry (AUS) 679.4   Margaret Thomas (ENG) 675   Annette Woodward (AUS) 674
25m Sport Pistol – Pairs   Christine Trefry
Annette Woodward (AUS)
1134   Sharon Cozzarin
Helen Smith (CAN)
1132   Margaret Thomas
Carol Page (ENG)
10m Air Pistol   Helen Smith (CAN) 474.2   Annette Woodward (AUS) 466.1   Sharon Cozzarin (CAN) 465.8
10m Air Pistol – Pairs   Annette Woodward
Christine Trefry (AUS)
747   Jocelyn Lees
Gerd Barkman (NZL)
745   Margaret Thomas
Carol Page (ENG)

Rifle edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50m Rifle Prone   Stephen Petterson (NZL) 698.4   Jim Cornish (ENG) 693.9   Michael Dion (CAN) 693.6
50m Rifle Prone – Pairs   Stephen Petterson
Lindsay Arthur (NZL)
1181   Dodangoda Chandrasiri
Lakshman Rajasinghe (SRI)
1177   David Clifton
Dean Turley (AUS)
50m Rifle Three Positions   Michael Dion (CAN) 1234.2   Wayne Sorensen (CAN) 1228.7   Alister Allan (SCO) 1224.8
50m Rifle Three Positions – Pairs   Wayne Sorensen
Michael Dion (CAN)
2300   Alister Allan
William Murray (SCO)
2271   Chris Hector
Trevor Langridge (ENG)
Full Bore Rifle   David Calvert (NIR) 398   Geoffrey Smith (NZL) 398   Glyn Barnett (ENG) 397
Full Bore Rifle – Pairs   Bert Bowden
Geoffrey Grenfell (AUS)
593   Glyn Barnett
Antony Ringer (ENG)
588   David Calvert
Martin Millar (NIR)
10m Air Rifle   Chris Hector (ENG) 685.9   Jean-François Sénécal (CAN) 683   Nigel Wallace (ENG) 680
10m Air Rifle – Pairs   Jean-François Sénécal
Wayne Sorensen (CAN)
1166   Chris Hector
Nigel Wallace (ENG)
1161   David Rattray
Robin Law (SCO)
10m Running Target   Bryan Wilson (AUS) 657.9   Mark Bedlington (CAN) 656   Paul Carmine (NZL) 650.7
10m Running Target – Pairs   Mark Bedlington
Matthew Bedlington (CAN)
1088   Bryan Wilson and Peter Zutenis (AUS)[3] 1088   Paul Carmine and Anthony Clark (NZL)[3] 1079
50m Rifle Prone   Shirley McIntosh (SCO) 586   Sylvia Purdie (AUS) 585   Patricia Littlechild (SCO) 585
50m Small Bore Rifle Prone – Pairs   Kim Frazer
Sylvia Purdie (AUS)
1160   Shirley McIntosh
Patricia Littlechild (SCO)
1158   Christina Ashcroft
Linda Szulga (CAN)
50m Small Bore Rifle Three Positions   Sharon Bowes (CAN) 666.4   Roopa Unnikrishnan (IND) 662.5   Christina Ashcroft (CAN) 661.6
50m Small Bore Rifle Three Positions – Pairs   Sharon Bowes
Christina Ashcroft (CAN)
1143   Karen Morton
Lindsay Volpin (ENG)
1132   Roopa Unnikrishnan
Kuheli Gangulee (IND)
10m Air Rifle   Photini Theophanous (CYP) 488.7   Malini Wickramasinghe (SRI) 488.5   Sharon Bowes (CAN) 488.4
10m Air Rifle – Pairs   Pushpamali Ramanayake
Malini Wickramasinghe (SRI)
771   Karen Morton
Louise Minett (ENG)
771   Christina Ashcroft
Sharon Bowes (CAN)

Shotgun edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Trap   Mansher Singh (IND) 141   George Leary (CAN) 140   Andreas Angelou (CYP) 137
Trap – Pairs   Tom Hewitt
Samuel Allen (NIR)
188   Ron Bonotto
George Leary (CAN)
187   Bob Borsley
John Grice (ENG)
Skeet   Ian Hale (AUS) 144   Christos Kourtellas (CYP) 143   Andy Austin (ENG) 143
Skeet – Pairs   Antonakis Andreou
Christos Kourtellas (CYP)
189   Brian Thomson
Geoffrey Jukes (NZL)
186   Michael Thomson
Ian Marsden (SCO)

Weightlifting edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight Snatch   Murgesan Veerasamy (IND) 105   Badathala Adisekhar (IND) 105   François Lagacé (CAN) 105
Clean and Jerk   Badathala Adisekhar (IND) 132.5   Matin Guntali (MAS) 130   Murgesan Veerasamy (IND) 127.5
Overall   Badathala Adisekhar (IND) 237.5   Murgesan Veerasamy (IND) 232.5   François Lagacé (CAN) 227.5
Bantamweight Snatch   Marcus Stephen (NRU) 115   Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND) 110   Denis Aumais (CAN) 107.5
Clean and Jerk   Marcus Stephen (NRU) 147.5   Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND) 145   Ben Devonshire (ENG) 132.5
Overall   Marcus Stephen (NRU) 262.5   Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND) 255   Denis Aumais (CAN) 237.5
Featherweight Snatch   Najite Ogbogu (NGR) 125   Sevdalin Marinov (AUS) 125   Oliver Toby (NGR) 120
Clean and Jerk   Oliver Toby (NGR) 152.5   Sevdalin Marinov (AUS) 152.5   Najite Ogbogu (NGR) 150
Overall   Sevdalin Marinov (AUS) 277.5   Najite Ogbogu (NGR) 275   Oliver Toby (NGR) 272.5
Lightweight Snatch   Lawal Riliwan (NGR) 132.5   Stewart Cruickshank (ENG) 132.5   Moji Oluwa (NGR) 130
Clean and Jerk   Moji Oluwa (NGR) 165   Satish Rai (IND) 165   Stewart Cruickshank (ENG) 160
Overall   Moji Oluwa (NGR) 295   Satish Rai (IND) 292.5   Stewart Cruickshank (ENG) 292.5
Middleweight Snatch   David Morgan (WAL) 147.5   Serge Trembley (CAN) 145   Damian Brown (AUS) 142.5
Clean and Jerk   Damian Brown (AUS) 182.5   David Morgan (WAL) 180   Serge Trembley (CAN) 172.5
Overall   David Morgan (WAL) 327.5   Damian Brown (AUS) 325   Serge Trembley (CAN) 317.5
Light Heavyweight Snatch   Kiril Kounev (AUS) 152.5   Stephen Ward (ENG) 147.5   Jim Dan Corbett (CAN) 147.5
Clean and Jerk   Kiril Kounev (AUS) 200   Stephen Ward (ENG) 187.5   Jim Dan Corbett (CAN) 182.5
Overall   Kiril Kounev (AUS) 352.5   Stephen Ward (ENG) 335   Jim Dan Corbett (CAN) 330
Middle Heavyweight Snatch   Harvey Goodman (AUS) 162.5   Peter May (ENG) 155   Collins Okoth (KEN) 120
Clean and Jerk   Harvey Goodman (AUS) 200   Peter May (ENG) 190   Collins Okoth (KEN) 120
Overall   Harvey Goodman (AUS) 362.5   Peter May (ENG) 345   Collins Okoth (KEN) 240
Sub Heavyweight Snatch   Christopher Onyezie (NGR) 155   Andrew Saxton (AUS) 155   Phillip Christou (AUS) 152.5
Clean and Jerk   Andy Callard (ENG) 197.5   Andrew Saxton (AUS) 192.5   Christopher Onyezie (NGR) 190
Overall   Andy Callard (ENG) 347.5   Andrew Saxton (AUS) 347.5   Christopher Onyezie (NGR) 345
Heavyweight Snatch   Nicu Vlad (AUS) 185   Innocent Chika (NGR) 160   Gareth Hives (WAL) 130
Clean and Jerk   Nicu Vlad (AUS) 220   Innocent Chika (NGR) 200   Gareth Hives (WAL) 160
Overall   Nicu Vlad (AUS) 405   Innocent Chika (NGR) 360   Gareth Hives (WAL) 290
Super Heavyweight Snatch   Steven Kettner (AUS) 165   Stefan Botev (AUS) 160   Victor Edem (NGR) 155
Clean and Jerk   Stefan Botev (AUS) 200   Steven Kettner (AUS) 195   Victor Edem (NGR) 190
Overall   Stefan Botev (AUS) 360   Steven Kettner (AUS) 360   Victor Edem (NGR) 345

Wrestling edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight   Jacob Isaac (NGR)   Paul Ragusa (CAN)   Ramesh Kumar (IND)
Flyweight   Selwyn Tam (CAN)   Andrew Hutchinson (ENG)   Kirpa Shankar (IND)
Bantamweight   Robert Dawson (CAN)   Ashok Kumar Garg (IND)   Cory O'Brien (AUS)
Featherweight   Marty Calder (CAN)   John Melling (ENG)   Aroutioun Barseguian (CYP)
Lightweight   Chris Wilson (CAN)   Ibo Oziti (NGR)   Muhammad Umar (PAK)
Welterweight   David Hohl (CAN)   Rein Ozoline (AUS)   Calum McNeil (SCO)
Middleweight   Justin Abdou (CAN)   Randhir Singh (IND)   Muhammad Bhola (PAK)
Light Heavyweight   Scott Bianco (CAN)   Victor Kodei (NGR)   Graeme English (SCO)
Heavyweight   Greg Edgelow (CAN)   Noel Loban (ENG)   Subhash Verma (IND)
Super Heavyweight   Andrew Borodow (CAN)   Bidei Jackson (NGR)   Amerjit Singh (ENG)

Marketing edit

Mascot edit

The official mascot of the Games was an anthropomorphic killer whale named "Klee Wyck".[4] This nickname, meaning "the laughing one", was given to Canadian painter and sculptor Emily Carr by the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Nation.[5]

Boxing committee edit

In preparation for 1994 Commonwealth Games, a boxing committee was formed in 1989. The chairperson of the boxing committee was Hassan Sunderani, and the initial members were Brian Zelley, Glyn Jones and Mike Sartori.

In the initial stages, of the committee one of the immediate tasks was to prepare a guide as to what was expected at the Games, and to document some history of amateur boxing in the Greater Victoria area. The primary work was done by chairperson Sunderani while the local boxing history was assigned to committee member Zelley, a previous news editor for the British Columbia Amateur Boxing Association in the mid-1980s and a contributor of boxing news to various news outlets in the 1970s and 80s.

The next order of business was to start the process of organising volunteers. The first formal public meeting to begin this process took place in Victoria in the boardroom of the Victoria Commonwealth Games Society on 21 April 1990. The meeting included three of the committee members, a VCHS official, and seven potential volunteers including two former Vancouver Island Amateur Boxing commissioners – Bert Wilkinson and Rick Brough.

The primary decision was to arrange a bigger meeting and consider reviving the Greater Victoria Amateur Boxing Association on a formal or informal basis, and to have former experienced people with some background in the sport of amateur boxing. That meeting took place on 13 May 1990 with 23 persons in attendance and was listed as the "Greater Victoria Amateur Boxing Association Founding Meeting". This would become an important meeting to begin the real work in preparation of volunteers, have a representative attend the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games to observe, and plan and prepare for a test event in 1993. Preliminary coverage of the 13 May meeting included a piece titled "Approaching Games to lift amateur boxing's profile". The reporter Jeff Rud interviewed Games official John Stothart and boxing committee members Mike Sartori and Brian Zelley.[6]

The 1993 test event was held in August and included some top Canadian boxers such as Dale Brown of Calgary. Brown was highlighted in the local paper with the headlines "Brown building impressive ring career";[7] at the end of the tournament the local Times-Colonist newspaper reported "Tournament was a perfect dry run".[8]

Interim boxing chairman edit

During 1991 Hassan Sunderani resigned as the chairman and committee member Brian Zelley stepped-in for a one-year period as the acting chairman of the committee. During this period, the primary role was to attend Sports Committee meetings[9] while the local boxing community started to organise for potential boxing club activity. In 1992, Sunderani resumed his position and steps were taken to prepare for the pre-Commonwealth Games event in 1993. Also, some new members were appointed to the boxing committee such as Tom Black.[10]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Victoria wins 1994 Games". The New Straits Times. 16 September 1988. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ Venue list
  3. ^ a b No silver or bronze medal awarded as not enough pairs took part. Please see: Groom, Graham. The Complete Book of the Commonwealth Games. (2017)
  4. ^ "CM Archive". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Klee Wyck". Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Times-Colonist. Jeff Rud, 11 May 1990.
  7. ^ "Times-Colonist", 27 August 1993.
  8. ^ Times-Colonist, Jeff Rud, 29 August 1993.
  9. ^ Victoria Commonwealth Games Society, Sports Committee Meetings during 1991.
  10. ^ Times-Colonist, 17 May 1993
  • 21 April 1990, Minutes of a Meeting of Victoria Boxing Enthusiasts
  • 13 May 1990, Minutes of Greater Victoria Amateur Boxing Association Founding Meeting

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