1994 Commonwealth Games

1994 Commonwealth Games
15th Commonwealth Games
15th Commonwealth Games
Host city Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Motto Catch The Spirit
Nations participating 64
Athletes participating 2,557
Events events in 10 sports
Opening ceremony 18 August 1994
Closing ceremony 28 August 1994
Main Stadium Centennial Stadium
Countries that competed

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

The XV Commonwealth Games marked South Africa's return to the Commonwealth Games following the apartheid era, and over 30 years (1958) since the country last competed in the Games. It was also Hong Kong's last appearance at the games before the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from Britain to China.

The official mascot of the Games was an anthropomorphic killer whale named "Klee Wyck".[1] "Klee Wyck" – "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 bowling, shooting, weightlifting, and wrestling.


The "Lightweight Games"

Victoria 1994 was considered by many in the Commonwealth movement to be a version of a minimalistic games. Some considered them a mild letdown from the high memories of Auckland's games four years previously. Facilities were temporary and none more so than the large scaffolding built Stands that totally transformed the University of Victoria's Centennial Stadium. Still the games were successful and proved to many that smaller cities could manage hosting a large event such as a Commonwealth Games.

The Last "Original Games"

1994 was also the last time Team Sports were excluded, The Commonwealth Games Federation deemed the current set up of ten sports as obsolete and from 1998 allowed team sports such as Sevens, Basketball, and Hockey to be added. This was to encourage revenue streams from television by making the games more attractive to TV networks.

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 but not emulated since). Welcome speeches and flag raisings were followed by a precision horse riding display by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A wonderful 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 spectacular flypast by the "Snowbirds" Canadian Forces aerobatic display team.

Commonwealth Games Associations

64 teams competed at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria:

  •  Antigua and Barbuda
  •  Australia
  •  Bahamas
  •  Bangladesh
  •  Barbados
  •  Belize
  •  Bermuda
  •  Botswana
  •  British Virgin Islands
  •  Brunei
  •  Canada
  •  Cayman Islands
  •  Cook Islands
  •  Cyprus
  •  Dominica
  •  England
  •  Falkland Islands
  •  Gambia
  •  Ghana
  •  Gibraltar
  •  Grenada
  •  Guernsey
  •  Guyana
  •  Hong Kong
  •  India
  •  Isle of Man
  •  Jamaica
  •  Jersey
  •  Kenya
  •  Lesotho
  • Malawi Malaŵi
  •  Malaysia
  •  Maldives
  •  Malta
  •  Mauritius
  •  Montserrat
  •  Namibia
  •  Nauru
  •  New Zealand
  •  Nigeria
  •  Norfolk Island
  •  Northern Ireland


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 is the first time since the commencement of the British Empire Games (in 1930) that England did not achieve a medal ranking in the top 2.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia 88 53 43 184
2  Canada 41 43 49 133
3  England 31 45 51 127
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 21 42
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
Total 219 219 249 687

Medals by event



See also 1994 in athletics (track and field)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed Team  England  Malaysia  Australia
 Hong Kong
Mixed Doubles  England
Chris Hunt
Gillian Clark
Simon Archer
Julie Bradbury
Peter Blackburn
Rhonda Cator
Nick Ponting
Joanne Wright
Men's Singles Rashid Sidek (MAS) Ong Ewe Hock (MAS) Nick Hall (NZL)
Anders Nielsen (ENG)
Men's Doubles Cheah Soon Kit & Soo Beng Kiang (MAS) Simon Archer & Chris Hunt (ENG) Peter Blackburn & Mark Nichols (AUS)
Ong Ewe Hock & Tan Kim Her (MAS)
Women's Singles Lisa Campbell (AUS) Si-An Deng (CAN) Rhona Robertson (NZL)
Song Yang (AUS)
Women's Doubles Joanne Muggeridge & Joanne Wright (ENG) Julie Bradbury & Gillian Clark (ENG) Si-An Deng & Denyse Julien (CAN)
Lee Wai Leng & Tan Lee Wai (MAS)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles Richard Corsie (SCO) Tony Allcock (ENG) Rob Parrella (AUS)
Ken Wallis (HKG)
Pairs Cameron Curtis & Rex Johnston (AUS) John Price & Robert Weale (WAL) Gary Smith & Andy Thomson (ENG)
Stephen Adamson & Sammy Allen (NIR)
Fours  South Africa (RSA)  Australia (AUS)  New Zealand(NZL)
 Northern Ireland (NIR)
Visually Impaired Singles Robert Brand (SCO) John Hubbard (AUS) Craig Nolan (NZL)
Carlos Braga Antunes (HKG)
Singles Margaret Johnston (NIR) Rita Jones (WAL) Carmelia Anderson (NFI)
Norma Shaw (ENG)
Pairs Sarah Gourlay & Frances White (SCO) Lyn Dwyer & Jo Peacock (RSA) Brenda Atherton & Mary Price (ENG)
Janet Ackland & Ann Dainton (WAL)
Fours  South Africa (RSA)  Papua New Guinea (PNG)  New Zealand (NZL)
 Scotland (SCO)
Visually Impaired Singles Catherine Portas (NZL) Gloria Hopkins (WAL) Margaret Lynne (ENG)
Sunny Tank (HKG)


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 Mike Strange (CAN) Martin Renaghan (NIR) Kalolo Fiaui (NZL)
Hussain Arshad (PAK)
Light Welterweight Peter Richardson (ENG) Mark Winters (NIR) Trevor Shailer (NZL)
Timani Moro (GHA)
Welterweight Neil Sinclair (NIR) Albert Eromosele (NGR) Richard Rowles (AUS)
Wald Fleming (CAN)
Light Middleweight Jimmy Webb (NIR) Bob Gasio (SAM) Joseph Townsley (SCO)
Rival Cadeau (SEY)
Middleweight Ron Donaldson (CAN) Rasmus Ojemaye (NGR) Peter Wanyoike (KEN)
Mike Penniston-John (TRI)
Light Heavyweight Dale Brown (CAN) John Wilson (SCO) France Mabiletsa (BOT)
Odhiambo Opiyo (KEN)
Heavyweight Omaar Ahmed (KEN) Steve Gallinger (CAN) Ezwell Ndlovu (ZIM)

Charles Kizza (UGA)

Super Heavyweight Duncan Dokiwari (NGR) Miriambo 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
Brett Aitken
Brad McGee
Stuart O'Grady
Tim O'Shannessey
00:04:10  England
Tony Doyle
Rob Hayles
Chris Newton
Bryan Steel
caught  New Zealand
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 Jacqueline Nelson (NZL) 00:03:55
Points Race Yvonne McGregor (ENG) 5 Jacqueline 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
Phil Anderson
Dennis Brett
Henk Vogels
Damian McDonald
01:53:19  England
Peter Longbottom
Matt Illingworth
Simon Lillistone
Paul Jennings
01:56:41  New Zealand
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 01:04:03  Canada 01:04:19  England 1:06:32.85



Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around Neil Thomas (ENG) 55.95 Brennon Dowrick (AUS) 55.525 Peter Hogan (AUS) 54.95
Team  Canada 164.7  Australia 164.5  England 09:00:00
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 05:24:00  Canada 113.65  Australia 15:00:00
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 106.9  Australia 105.3  England 103.3
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 Michael 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 Michael Gault
Paul Leatherdale (ENG)
Centre-Fire Pistol Jaspal Rana (IND) 581 Michael 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 (GUE)
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 Pettersson
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) 1088 Paul Carmine and Anthony Clark (NZL) 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 Antonis 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 organizing volunteers. The first formal public meeting to begin this process took place in Victoria in the boardroom of the Victoria Commonwealth Games Society April 21, 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 May 13, 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 May 13th 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. [3]

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[4] while the local boxing community started to organize 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.[5]

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;[6] at the end of the tournament the local newspaper reported "Tournament was a perfect dry run" by Jeff Rud, August 29, 1993.[7]

External links


  1. ^ http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/cmarchive/vol21no6/revkleewyck.html
  2. ^ http://bcheritage.ca/emilycarrhomework/writing/​klee.htm
  3. ^ "Times-Colonist. Jeff Rud, May 11, 1990.
  4. ^ Victoria Commonwealth Games Society, Sports Committee Meetings during 1991.
  5. ^ Times-Colonist, May 17, 1993
  6. ^ "Times-Colonist", August 27, 1993.
  7. ^ "Times-Colonist, August 29, 1993.
  • April 21, 1990, Minutes of a Meeting of Victoria Boxing Enthusiasts
  • May 13, 1990, Minutes of Greater Victoria Amateur Boxing Association Founding Meeting

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