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.
|Host city||Victoria, Canada|
|Motto||Catch The Spirit|
|Events||events in 10 sports|
|Opening||18 August 1994|
|Closing||28 August 1994|
|Opened by||Elizabeth II|
|Closed by||Prince Edward|
|Queen's Baton Final Runner||Myriam Bédard|
|Main venue||Centennial 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.
- University of Victoria – Athletes' Village
- Centennial Stadium – Athletics
- McKinnon Gym – Badminton
- Victoria Memorial Arena – Gymnastics
- Royal Athletic Park – Field Lacrosse (demonstration)
- Royal Theatre – Weightlifting
- Heal's Range – Shooting
- Saanich Commonwealth Place – Aquatics
- Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre – Cycling, Lawn bowls, Wrestling
- Archie Browning Sports Centre (Esquimalt) – Boxing
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.
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|
There were events in 14 disciplines across 10 sports for the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
The following table shows a summary of the competition schedule.
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Event finals||CC||Closing ceremony|
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.
|20||Papua New Guinea||0||1||0||1|
|Trinidad and Tobago||0||0||2||2|
|Totals (33 entries)||218||217||248||683|
Medals by event edit
|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)
|00:04:10|| England (ENG)
|caught|| New Zealand (NZL)
|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 Race||Mark Rendell (NZL)||04:46:08||Brian Fowler (NZL)||04:48:10||Willem Engelbrecht (RSA)||04:48:10|
|Team Time Trial|| Australia (AUS)
|01:53:19|| England (ENG)
|01:56:41|| New Zealand (NZL)
|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)
Rachel Marianne Victor
|01:04:03|| Canada (CAN)
Lesley A Tomlinson
|01:04:19|| England (ENG)
|All-Around||Kasumi Takahashi (AUS)||36.85||Camille Martens (CAN)||36.6|| Debbie Southwick (ENG)
Joanne Walker (SCO)
|Team|| Canada (CAN)
|106.9|| Australia (AUS)
|105.3|| England (ENG)
|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|
|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)
|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)
|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|
|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)|
The official mascot of the Games was an anthropomorphic killer whale named "Klee Wyck". This nickname, meaning "the laughing one", was given to Canadian painter and sculptor Emily Carr by the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Nation.
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.
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"; at the end of the tournament the local Times-Colonist newspaper reported "Tournament was a perfect dry run".
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 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.
See also edit
- "Victoria wins 1994 Games". The New Straits Times. 16 September 1988. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
- Venue list
- No silver or bronze medal awarded as not enough pairs took part. Please see: Groom, Graham. The Complete Book of the Commonwealth Games. (2017)
- "CM Archive". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Klee Wyck". Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- "Times-Colonist. Jeff Rud, 11 May 1990.
- "Times-Colonist", 27 August 1993.
- Times-Colonist, Jeff Rud, 29 August 1993.
- Victoria Commonwealth Games Society, Sports Committee Meetings during 1991.
- 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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