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New Zealand at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

New Zealand at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games was represented by a team of 56 competitors and nine officials. Selection of the team for the Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was the responsibility of the New Zealand Olympic and British Empire Games Association. New Zealand's flagbearer at the opening ceremony was Max Carr. The New Zealand team finished fifth on the medal table, winning a total of 19 medals, seven of which were gold.

New Zealand at the
1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
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in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Competitors56
Flag bearerOpening: Max Carr
Closing:
Medals
Ranked 5th
Gold
7
Silver
7
Bronze
5
Total
19
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)
British Empire Games
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
British Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games

New Zealand has competed in every games, starting with the British Empire Games in 1930 at Hamilton, Ontario.

Contents

Medal tablesEdit

New Zealand was fifth in the medal table in 1954, with a total of 19 medals, including seven gold.

Medal Name Sport Event
  Gold Don Jowett Athletics Men's 220 yards
  Gold Yvette Williams Athletics Women's discus throw
  Gold Yvette Williams Athletics Women's long jump
  Gold Yvette Williams Athletics Women's shot put
  Gold Don Rowlands Rowing Men's single sculls
  Gold Reg Douglas, Bob Parker Rowing Men's coxless pair
  Gold Jack Doms Swimming Men's 220 yards breaststroke
  Silver Don Jowett Athletics Men's 440 yards
  Silver John Baird Cycling Men's road race
  Silver James Pirret Lawn bowls Men's singles
  Silver Kerry Ashby, Murray Ashby, Stanley Callagher (cox), Bruce Culpan, Bill Tinnock Rowing Men's coxed four
  Silver Reg Douglas, Bob Parker Rowing Men's double sculls
  Silver Lincoln Hurring Swimming Men's 110 yards backstroke
  Silver Jack Doms, Lincoln Hurring, Buddy Lucas Swimming Men's 3 x 110 yards medley relay
  Bronze Jack Stewart Diving Men's 3 m springboard
  Bronze Jean Stewart Swimming Women's 110 yards backstroke
  Bronze Bruce George Weightlifting Men's light heavyweight
  Bronze Harold Cleghorn Weightlifting Men's heavyweight
  Bronze John Armitt Wrestling Men's featherweight
Medals by sport
Sport       Total
Athletics 4 1 0 5
Rowing 2 2 0 4
Swimming 1 2 1 4
Cycling 0 1 0 1
Lawn bowls 0 1 0 1
Weightlifting 0 0 2 2
Diving 0 0 1 1
Wrestling 0 0 1 1
Total 7 7 5 19
Medals by gender
Gender       Total
Male 4 7 4 15
Female 3 0 1 4
Total 7 7 5 19

CompetitorsEdit

The following table lists the number of New Zealand competitors participating at the Games according to gender and sport.

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 11 3 14
Boxing 4 N/A 4
Cycling 5 N/A 5
Diving 1 1 2
Fencing 3 1 4
Lawn bowls 7 N/A 7
Rowing 8 N/A 8
Swimming 3 3 6
Weightlifting 3 N/A 3
Wrestling 2 N/A 2
Total 47 8 55

AthleticsEdit

TrackEdit

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank[i] Result Rank[ii] Result Rank
Bill Baillie Men's 880 yards 1:52.3 2 Q N/A 1:52.5 4
Men's 1 mile 4:11.4 1 Q N/A 4:13.2 7
Jim Daly Men's 1 mile DNF Did not advance
Men's 3 miles N/A 14:41.0 14
Dave Fleming Men's 440 yards 49.8 3 Did not advance
Men's 440 yards hurdles 53.8 3 Q N/A 53.9 4
Murray Halberg Men's 1 mile 4:07.4 GR 1 Q N/A 4:07.2 5
Ernie Haskell Men's 3 miles N/A 14:07.0 9
Men's 6 miles N/A 31:41.0 11
Don Jowett Men's 220 yards 21.8 1 Q 21.9 1 Q 21.5  
Men's 440 yards 48.4 1 Q 48.9 2 Q 47.4  
Lawrence King Men's 3 miles N/A 14:03.4 8
Men's 6 miles N/A 31:01.9 9
Noelene Swinton Women's 100 yards 11.5 8 N/A Did not advance
Yvette Williams Women's 80 m hurdles 11.3 2 Q N/A 11.5 6
  1. ^ Ranks given are within the heat
  2. ^ Ranks given are within the semifinal

FieldEdit

Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Result Rank Result Rank
June Blackburn Women's long jump N/A 16 ft 0 12 in
(4.89 m)
13
Max Carr Men's hammer throw 152 ft 7 in
(46.51 m)
8 Q 157 ft 0 in
(47.85 m)
8
Murray Jeffries Men's high jump N/A 6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
9
Merv Richards Men's pole vault N/A 13 ft 0 in
(3.96 m)
5
Noelene Swinton Women's high jump N/A 5 ft 1 in
(1.55 m)
=5
Peter Wells Men's high jump N/A 6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
4
Yvette Williams Women's discus throw N/A 147 ft 8 in
(45.01 m)
 
Women's long jump N/A 19 ft 11 12 in
(6.08 m) GR
 
Women's shot put N/A 45 ft 9 12 in
(13.96 m) GR
 

BoxingEdit

Athlete Event Quarter Final Semi Final Final / BM Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Edwin Stockley Bantamweight Bye   Smillie (SCO)
L
Did not advance 4
Alan Scaife Light welterweight N/A   Harris (SRH)
L
Did not advance 4
Mike Hannah Welterweight   Gargano (ENG)
L
Did not advance
Maurice Tuck Light middleweight Bye   Wells (ENG)
L
Did not advance 4

CyclingEdit

RoadEdit

Men's road race
Athlete Time Rank
John Baird  
Les Lock unplaced
Neil Ritchie unplaced

TrackEdit

Men's 1000 m sprint
Athlete Round 1 Repechage Round 2 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Colin Dickinson   Ploog (AUS)
  Millman (CAN)
2
  Harrison (ENG)
  Mallick (PAK)
W 12.3
  Brotherton (ENG)
W 12.4
  Cox (AUS)
L, L
Did not advance
Les Lock   Shardelow (SAF)
L
  Davies (CAN)
  Farooqi (PAK)
2
  Ploog (AUS)
L
Did not advance
Men's 1 km time trial
Athlete Time Rank
Colin Dickinson 1:13.2 6
Les Lock 1:16.1 16
Neil Ritchie 1:15.3 12
Men's 4000 m individual pursuit
Athlete Qualification Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM Rank
Time Rank Opponent
Result
Opponent
Result
Opponent
Result
Neil Ritchie 5:21.4 6   Brotherton (ENG)
L
Did not advance
Men's 10 miles scratch race
Athlete Time Rank
Colin Dickinson unplaced
Les Lock 5
Neil Ritchie unplaced

DivingEdit

FencingEdit

MenEdit

Individual epee
Athlete Elimination pool Final pool Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins
Austen Gittos   Lund
 (AUS)
 
  Schwende
 (CAN)
 
  Reynolds
 (WAL)
 
  Asselin
 (CAN)
 
  Jay
 (ENG)
 
  Barber
 (SAF)
 
N/A 2 Did not advance
Brian Hampton   Brooke
 (CAN)
 
  Paul
 (ENG)
 
  Harding-Smith
 (AUS)
 
  Stafford
 (NZL)
 
  Fethers
 (AUS)
 
  Malherbe
 (SAF)
 
  de Beaumont
 (ENG)
 
3 Did not advance
Walter Stafford   Brooke
 (CAN)
 
  Paul
 (ENG)
 
  Harding-Smith
 (AUS)
 
  Hampton
 (NZL)
 
  Fethers
 (AUS)
 
  Malherbe
 (SAF)
 
  de Beaumont
 (ENG)
 
5   Lund
 (AUS)
 
  Paul
 (ENG)
 
  Schwende
 (CAN)
 
  Reynolds
 (WAL)
 
  Brooke
 (CAN)
 
  Harding-Smith
 (AUS)
 
  Asselin
 (CAN)
 
1 8
Individual foil
Athlete Elimination pool Final pool Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins
Austen Gittos   Howard
 (CAN)
W
  Barber
 (SAF)
W
  Cooperman
 (ENG)
L
  Paul
 (ENG)
W
  Fethers
 (AUS)
W
  Hampton
 (NZL)
W
N/A 5   Reynolds
 (WAL)
L
  Lund
 (AUS)
W
  Fethers
 (AUS)
L
  Jay
 (ENG)
L
  Cooperman
 (ENG)
L
  Robins
 (CAN)
W
  Paul
 (ENG)
L
2 7
Brian Hampton   Barber
 (SAF)
L
  Fethers
 (AUS)
L
  Howard
 (CAN)
L
  Cooperman
 (ENG)
L
  Paul
 (ENG)
L
  Gittos
 (NZL)
L
N/A 0 Did not advance
Walter Stafford   Jay
 (ENG)
L
  Giguère
 (CAN)
L
  Steele
 (AUS)
L
  Reynolds
 (WAL)
L
  Malherbe
 (SAF)
L
  Lund
 (AUS)
L
  Robins
 (CAN)
L
0 Did not advance
Individual sabre
Athlete Elimination pool Final pool Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins
Austen Gittos   Lund
 (AUS)
L
  Krasa
 (CAN)
L
  Amberg
 (ENG)
L
  Brooke
 (CAN)
L
  Hampton
 (NZL)
W
  Reynolds
 (WAL)
L
  Malherbe
 (SAF)
L
1 Did not advance
Brian Hampton   Malherbe
 (SAF)
L
  Lund
 (AUS)
L
  Krasa
 (CAN)
L
  Amberg
 (ENG)
L
  Gittos
 (NZL)
L
  Brooke
 (CAN)
L
  Reynolds
 (WAL)
L
0 Did not advance
Walter Stafford   Schwende
 (CAN)
L
  Fethers
 (AUS)
L
  Harding-Smith
 (AUS)
W
  Cooperman
 (ENG)
L
  Barber
 (SAF)
L
  Beatley
 (ENG)
L
N/A 1 Did not advance
Team epee
Athlete Round robin Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins
Austen Gittos
Brian Hampton
Walter Stafford
  England
L 2 – 7
  Australia
L 0 – 9
  Canada
L 1 – 8
0 4
Team foil
Athlete Round robin Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins
Austen Gittos
Brian Hampton
Walter Stafford
  Australia
L 2 – 7
  Canada
L 3 – 6
  England
L 4 – 5
0 4
Team sabre
Athlete Round robin Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins
Austen Gittos
Brian Hampton
Walter Stafford
  England
L 0 – 9
  Australia
L 3 – 6
  Canada
L 2 – 7
0 4

WomenEdit

Individual foil
Athlete Round robin Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Wins
Joyce Francis   Glen-Haig
 (ENG)
L
  Sheen
 (ENG)
 
  Harding
 (AUS)
 
  Gilbert
 (CAN)
 
  Kimber
 (AUS)
 
  Hale
 (CAN)
 
1 6

Lawn bowlsEdit

Athlete Event Round robin Rank
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
W D L PD
James Pirret Men's singles   Thomas
 (WAL)
W 21 – 19
  da Luz
 (HKG)
W 21 – 19
  Bosisto
 (AUS)
L 20 – 21
  Laing
 (SCO)
W 21 – 7
  Hodges
 (SRH)
L 17 – 21
  Fairbairn
 (NRH)
L 14 – 21
  Lee
 (ENG)
W 21 – 8
  Linford
 (CAN)
W 21 – 8
  Saunders
 (SAF)
W 21 – 8
6 0 3 +45  
Eliphalet Ravenwood
Andrew Snaddon
Men's pairs   Northern Ireland
L 12 – 29
  Hong Kong
W 29 – 14
  Australia
L 16 – 21
  Scotland
L 20 – 21
  Southern Rhodesia
L 28 – 17
  Northern Rhodesia
W 21 – 18
  England
W 21 – 20
  Canada
L 13 – 27
  South Africa
W 25 – 22
4 0 5 −23 8
William Freeth
Arthur Webster
Arthur Connew
Pete Skoglund
Men's fours   Wales
L 18 – 24
  Hong Kong
L 20 – 26
  Australia
W 30 – 14
  Scotland
L 14 – 26
  Southern Rhodesia
L 11 – 26
  Northern Rhodesia
W 26 – 20
  England
D 20 – 20
  Canada
W 29 – 18
  South Africa
L 14 – 26
3 1 5 −18 6

RowingEdit

SwimmingEdit

Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Jack Doms Men's 220 yards breaststroke 2:54.1 2 Q 2:52.6  
Winifred Griffin Women's 110 yards freestyle 1:12.2 12 Did not advance
Women's 440 yards freestyle 5:39.8 9 Did not progress
Lincoln Hurring Men's 110 yards backstroke 1:07.6 2 Q 1:06.9  
Buddy Lucas Men's 440 yards freestyle 4:58.3 9 Did not advance
Men's 1650 yards freestyle 20:17.3 7 Did not progress
Marrion Roe Women's 110 yards freestyle 1:08.7 5 1:08.9 4
Women's 440 yards freestyle 5:34.7 8 Did not progress
Jean Stewart Women's 110 yards backstroke 1:16.9 2 Q 1:17.5  
Lincoln Hurring
Jack Doms
Buddy Lucas
Men's 3 x 110 yards medley relay N/A 3:26.6  

WeightliftingEdit

Athlete Event Press Snatch Jerk Total Rank
Bruce George Light heavyweight 250 lb
(113.4 kg)
230 lb
(104.3 kg)
300 lb
(136.1 kg)
780 lb
(353.8 kg)
 
Trevor Clark Middle heavyweight 250 lb
(113.4 kg)
240 lb
(108.9 kg)
300 lb
(136.1 kg)
790 lb
(358.3 kg)
5
Harold Cleghorn Heavyweight 305 lb
(138.3 kg)
275 lb
(124.7 kg)
350 lb
(158.8 kg)
930 lb
(421.8 kg)
 

WrestlingEdit

Athlete Event Elimination rounds Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Ken Ruby Bantamweight   Epton (NRH)
L
  Amin (PAK)
L
Eliminated
John Armitt Featherweight   Bernard (CAN)
W
  Geldenhuys (SAF)
L
  Hall (ENG)
L
 

See alsoEdit

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