1994 Commonwealth Games

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XV Commonwealth Games
1994 Commonwealth Games logo.svg
Logo of 1994 Commonwealth Games
Host city Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Motto Catch The Spirit
Nations participating 63
Athletes participating 2,557
Events events in 10 sports
Opening ceremony 18 August 1994
Closing ceremony 28 August 1994
Officially opened by Elizabeth II
Officially closed by Prince Edward
Queen's Baton Final Runner Myriam Bédard
Main venue Centennial Stadium

The 1994 Commonwealth Games were held in Victoria, in the province of British Columbia in Canada, from 18 to 28 August 1994.

The XV Commonwealth Games (French: XVéme Jeux du Commonwealth) 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. It was also Hong Kong's last appearance at the Games before the transfer of sovereignty from Britain to China.

The official mascot of the Games was an anthropomorphic killer whale named "Klee Wyck".[1] "Klee Wyck", meaning "the laughing one", was a nickname given to Canadian painter and sculptor Emily Carr by the Ucluelet First Nation.[2]

Ten types of sports were featured at the Victoria Games: athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Host selection

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.[3]

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

"Lightweight Games"

Victoria 1994 was considered by many in the Commonwealth movement to be a minimalistic version of the games. After the high memories of Auckland's games four years previously, many considered Victoria to be a mild let-down. Some facilities were old and decrepit such as Victoria Memorial Arena. Other venues were temporary; none more so than the large scaffolding-built stands that totally transformed the University of Victoria's Centennial Stadium.

Overall the games were successful, proving that smaller cities could manage hosting large events such as the Commonwealth Games.

Final "Original Games"

The 1994 games was the last time team sports were excluded. 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

A simple friendly atmosphere was the theme to the Opening Ceremonies. In the presence of HRH 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

There were 63 participating nations at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

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


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
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

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)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia 89 53 44 186
2  Canada* 42 43 49 134
3  England 31 47 51 129
4  Nigeria 11 13 13 37
5  Kenya 7 4 8 19
6  India 6 12 7 25
7  Scotland 6 3 11 20
8  New Zealand 5 16 22 43
9  Wales 5 8 6 19
10  Northern Ireland 5 2 3 10
11  Nauru 3 0 0 3
12  South Africa 2 4 5 11
13  Jamaica 2 4 2 8
14  Malaysia 2 3 2 7
15  Cyprus 2 1 2 5
16  Sri Lanka 1 2 0 3
17  Zambia 1 1 2 4
18  Namibia 1 0 1 2
19  Zimbabwe 0 3 3 6
20  Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 1
 Western Samoa 0 1 0 1
22  Hong Kong 0 0 4 4
23  Pakistan 0 0 3 3
24  Ghana 0 0 2 2
 Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 2 2
 Uganda 0 0 2 2
27  Bermuda 0 0 1 1
 Botswana 0 0 1 1
 Guernsey 0 0 1 1
 Norfolk Island 0 0 1 1
 Seychelles 0 0 1 1
 Tanzania 0 0 1 1
 Tonga 0 0 1 1
Totals (33 nations) 221 221 251 693

Medals by event






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)
 Hussain Arshad (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)
 Mike 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)



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


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



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
09:00:00[clarification needed]
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 Stoyal (AUS) 38.037  Zita Lusack (ENG) 37.725
Team  England (ENG)
Annika Reeder
Jackie Brady
Karin Szymko
Zita Lusack
05:24:00[clarification needed]  Canada (CAN)
Jaime Hill
Lisa Simes
Stacey Galloway
Stella Umeh
113.65  Australia (AUS)
Joanna Hughes
Rebecca Stoyel
Ruth Moniz
Salli Wills
15:00:00[clarification needed]
Asymmetric Bars  Rebecca Stoyal (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


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



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


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Small Bore Rifle, Prone  Stephen Petterson (NZL) 698.4  Jim Cornish (ENG) 693.9  Michael Dion (CAN) 693.6
Small Bore Rifle, Prone – Pairs  Stephen Petterson
Lindsay Arthur (NZL)
1181  Dodangoda Chandrasiri
Lakshman Rajasinghe (SRI)
1177  David Clifton
Dean Turley (AUS)
Small Bore Rifle, Three Positions  Michael Dion (CAN) 1234.2  Wayne Sorensen (CAN) 1228.7  Alister Allan (SCO) 1224.8
Small Bore 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
Anthony Ringer (ENG)
588  David Calvert
Martin Millar (NIR)
Air Rifle  Chris Hector (ENG) 685.9  Jean-François Sénécal (CAN) 683  Nigel Wallace (ENG) 680
Air Rifle – Pairs  Jean-François Sénécal
Wayne Sorensen (CAN)
1166  Chris Hector
Nigel Wallace (ENG)
1161  David Rattray
Robin Law (SCO)
Running Target  Bryan Wilson (AUS) 657.9  Mark Bedlington (CAN) 656  Paul Carmine (NZL) 650.7
Running Target – Pairs  Mark Bedlington
Matthew Bedlington (CAN)
1088  Bryan Wilson and Peter Zutenis (AUS)[4] 1088  Paul Carmine and Anthony Clark (NZL)[5] 1079
Small Bore Rifle, Prone  Shirley McIntosh (SCO) 586  Sylvia Purdie (AUS) 585  Patricia Littlechild (SCO) 585
Small Bore Rifle, Prone – Pairs  Kim Frazer
Sylvia Purdie (AUS)
1160  Shirley McIntosh
Patricia Littlechild (SCO)
1158  Christina Ashcroft
Linda Szulga (CAN)
Small Bore Rifle, Three Positions  Sharon Bowes (CAN) 666.4  Roopa Unnikrishnan (IND) 662.5  Christina Ashcroft (CAN) 661.6
Small Bore Rifle, Three Positions – Pairs  Sharon Bowes
Christina Ashcroft (CAN)
1143  Karen Morton
Lindsay Volpin (ENG)
1132  Roopa Unnikrishnan
Kuheli Gangulee (IND)
Air Rifle  Photini Theophanous (CYP) 488.7  Malee Wickremasinghe (SRI) 488.5  Sharon Bowes (CAN) 488.4
Air Rifle – Pairs  Pushpamali Ramanayake
Malee Wickremasinghe (SRI)
771  Karen Morton
Louise Minett (ENG)
771  Christina Ashcroft
Sharon Bowes (CAN)


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)


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 Cruikshank (ENG) 132.5  Moji Oluwa (NGR) 130
Clean and Jerk  Moji Oluwa (NGR) 165  Satish Rai (IND) 165  Stewart Cruikshank (ENG) 160
Overall  Moji Oluwa (NGR) 295  Satish Rai (IND) 292.5  Stewart Cruikshank (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


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 (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)

Boxing committee

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 persons with some background in the sport of amateur boxing. That meeting took place on 13 May 1990 with twenty three persons in attendance and was listed as the "Greater Victoria Amateur Boxing Association Founding Meeting", and took place at the Princess Mary restaurant. This would become an important meeting to begin the real work in preparation of volunteers; having 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 a couple of days earlier 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 would include 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 newspaper reported "Tournament was a perfect dry run" by Jeff Rud, 29 August 1993.[8]

Interim boxing chairman

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


  1. ^ http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/cmarchive/vol21no6/revkleewyck.html
  2. ^ http://bcheritage.ca/emilycarrhomework/writing/klee.htm
  3. ^ "Victoria wins 1994 Games". New Straits Times. 16 September 1988. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. ^ No silver medal awarded as not enough pairs took part - The Complete Book of the Commonwealth Games (Graham Groom -2017)
  5. ^ No bronze medal awarded as not enough pairs took part - The Complete Book of the Commonwealth Games (Graham Groom -2017)
  6. ^ "Times-Colonist. Jeff Rud, 11 May 1990.
  7. ^ "Times-Colonist", 27 August 1993.
  8. ^ "Times-Colonist, 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

External links

  • Commonwealth Games Official Site
  • 1994 Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund website

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Commonwealth Games
XV Commonwealth Games
Succeeded by
Kuala Lumpur
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