1982 Commonwealth Games

12th Commonwealth Games
Host city Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Motto The Friendly Games
Nations participating 46
Athletes participating 1,583
Events 141 events in 12 sports
Opening ceremony 30 September 1982
Closing ceremony 9 October 1982
Officially opened by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Queen's Baton Final Runner Raelene Boyle
Main venue QEII Stadium
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Opening ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. In this photo Matilda is seen as it goes around the stadium, winking to the crowd, 30 September 1982.

The 1982 Commonwealth Games were held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 30 September–9 October 1982. The Opening Ceremony was held at the QEII Stadium (named for Elizabeth II), in the Brisbane suburb of Nathan. The QEII Stadium was also the venue which was used for the athletics and archery competitions during the Games.[1] Other events were held at the purpose-built Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler.

The Chairman of the 1982 Commonwealth Games was Sir Edward Williams.[2]

The 1982 Commonwealth Games Logo was designed by Paulo Ferreira,[3] who was the winner of a nationwide competition held in 1978. The symbol is derived from the form of a bounding kangaroo. The three bands, forming stylized A's (for Australia), are in colours which are common to flags of many Commonwealth countries.

Matilda the kangaroo mascot for the 1982 Commonwealth Games was represented by a cartoon kangaroo,[4] and a gigantic 13-metre (42 feet 8 inches) high mechanical "winking" kangaroo, who travelled around the stadium and winked at the crowd.

The games were officially opened by The Duke of Edinburgh and closed by The Queen.

Participating teams

Countries and places which competed at the 1982 games

46 Commonwealth nations and territories took part in the 1982 Commonwealth Games.[5] A total of 1,583 athletes and 571 officials participated in the event.[6] The Griffith University campus was used as an athletes village.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).[7]

Bidding Cities

Bidding for the XII Commonwealth Games was held in Montreal at the 1976 Summer Olympics: Lagos (Nigeria), Brisbane (Australia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Birmingham (England). On 14 July 1976 it was announced that Brisbane had won the rights to stage the Games[8] after the other candidate cities withdrew bids earlier that year.

Brisbane was awarded by default of being the only Candidate City left at the bid election after Birmingham reversed its decision to submit an application.[8] Nigeria's boycott of the Montreal Summer Olympics made Lagos' bid lobbying impractical. The Montreal Summer Olympics were plagued with cost overruns and bidding on a sports festival anywhere in the world was not good politically.


Sports contested during the 1982 Commonwealth Games included athletics, archery, badminton, Lawn bowls, boxing, cycling, shooting, swimming, diving, weightlifting and wrestling.[9]

The Bruce Highway was used for road cycling events, boxing was held at Brisbane Festival Hall while weightlifting and wrestling were held at Brisbane City Hall.[9]


Opening Ceremony (30 September)

The ceremony at the QEII Stadium was held on a fine but extremely windy day. The wind was so strong that skydivers who were going to descend into the stadium were cancelled.[6] Instead they made an entrance at the closing ceremony.

Day 1 (1 October)

The first event of the Games was 100 kilometres (62 mi) Road Trial in cycling. England won the Gold Medal in the event, and Australia won the Silver Medalcoming second to England by only six seconds.

Other sports which were contested on the first day of competition included swimming and diving, weightlifting, shooting and bowls.

Day 2 (2 October)

Sports contested included swimming, diving, weightlifting, shooting, cycling, bowls and archery.

The day was marred by both Australia and Canada being disqualified in the 4 × 100 metres relay in swimming, both problems occurring during change-overs. The medals awarded for this race went to England, Scotland and New Zealand.

Day 4 (4 October)

Sports contested included swimming, diving, cycling, athletics, archery, hammer throwing and shooting.

The day was marred when Canada was again disqualified, this time in the 4 × 200 metres freestyle relay. Canada protested against the winners, Australia, as well as against their own disqualification.

Closing Ceremony

Elizabeth II closed the Games during a colourful ceremony, which included parachute jumpers (who had originally been also intended as part of the Opening Ceremony display) jumping and landing in a special target area within the stadium and red, white and blue balloons. Matilda the Kangaroo also winked at the Queen. Following the closing of the Games, the Queen and Duke left the stand to be driven from the stadium. However, nobody wanted the Games to end and the Australian team formed a 'guard of honour' and ran beside and behind the car in which Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were travelling, as it circled the stadium several times before finally leaving.[10] Team members from other countries also joined in running after the royal car.

Medals by country

This is the full table of the medal count of the 1982 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.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia 39 39 29 107
2  England 38 38 32 108
3  Canada 26 23 33 82
4  Scotland 8 6 12 26
5  New Zealand 5 8 13 26
6  India 5 8 3 16
7  Nigeria 5 0 8 13
8  Wales 4 4 1 9
9  Kenya 4 2 4 10
10  Bahamas 2 2 2 6
11  Jamaica 2 1 1 4
12  Tanzania 1 2 2 5
13  Malaysia 1 0 1 2
 Hong Kong 1 0 1 2
15  Fiji 1 0 0 1
 Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1
17  Northern Ireland 0 3 3 6
18  Uganda 0 3 0 3
19  Zambia 0 1 5 6
20  Guernsey 0 1 1 2
21  Bermuda 0 0 1 1
 Singapore 0 0 1 1
 Swaziland 0 0 1 1
Total 143 141 153 437

Medals by event







Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light FlyweightMen Abraham Wachire (KEN) John Lyon (ENG) Lucky Siame (ZAM)
 Leonard Makhanya (SWZ)
FlyweightMen Michael Mutua (KEN) Joseph Kelly (SCO) Grant Richards (AUS)
 Albert Musankabala (ZAM)
BantamweightMen Joe Orewa (NGR) Roy Webb (NIR) Ray Gilbody (ENG)
 Richard Reilly (AUS)
FeatherweightMen Peter Konyegwachie (NGR) Peter Hanlon (ENG) Rodney Harberger (AUS)
 Winfred Kabunda (ZAM)
LightweightMen Hussein Khalili (KEN) James McDonnell (ENG) Brian Tink (AUS)
 Steve Larrimore (BAH)
Light WelterweightMen Christopher Ossai (NGR) Charles Owiso (KEN) Clyde McIntosh (ENG)
 David Chibuye (ZAM)
WelterweightMen Chris Pyatt (ENG) Laston Mukobe (ZAM) Charles Nwokolo (NGR)
 Chenanda Machaiah (IND)
Light MiddleweightMen Shawn O'Sullivan (CAN) Nick Croombes (ENG) Roland Omoruyi (NGR)
 Tom Corr (NIR)
MiddleweightMen Jimmy Price (ENG) Douglas Sam (AUS) Jeremiah Okoroduddu (NGR)
 Kevin McDermott (CAN)
Light HeavyweightMen Fine Sani (FIJ) Jonathan Kirisa (UGA) Kevin Barry (NZL)
 Joseph Poto (ZAM)
HeavyweightMen Willie DeWit (CAN) Harold Hylton (ENG) Willy Isangura (TAN)
 Mohammed Abdallah (KEN)





Event Gold Silver Bronze
Free PistolMen/Open Tom Guinn (CAN)553 Geoffrey Robinson (ENG)543 Phil Adams (AUS)540
Free Pistol - PairsMen/Open Phil Adams & John Tremelling (AUS)1077 Barrie Wickens & Rex Hamilton (NZL)1075 Geoffrey Robinson & Frank Wyatt (ENG)1074
Centre-Fire PistolMen/Open John Cooke (ENG)580 James Cairns (SCO)579 Noel Ryan (AUS)577
Centre-Fire Pistol - PairsMen/Open Noel Ryan & Alexander Taransky (AUS)1151 Mohinder Lal & Ashok Pandit (IND)1138 John Cooke & John Gough (ENG)1131
Rapid-Fire PistolMen/Open Lee Kui Nang (HKG)583 Jim Timmerman (CAN)583 John Cooke (ENG)582
Rapid-Fire Pistol - PairsMen/Open Peter Heuke & Alexander Taransky (AUS)1160 James Cairns & Hugh Hunter (SCO)1152 Sharad Cahuran & Ramakrishnan Vij (IND)1151
Air PistolMen/Open George Darling (ENG)576 Phil Adams (AUS)573 Tom Guinn (CAN)571
Air Pistol - PairsMen/Open Phil Adams & Gregory Colber (AUS)1128 Geoffrey Robinson & George Darling (ENG)1126 Jim Timmerman & Tom Guinn (CAN)1125


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Small Bore Rifle, ProneMen/Open Alan Smith (AUS)1184 Malcolm Cooper (ENG)1184 Bill Watkins (WAL)1177
Small Bore Rifle, Prone - PairsMen/Open Malcolm Cooper & Mike Sullivan (ENG)1187 Colin Harris & Bill Watkins (WAL)1183 Patrick Vamplew & Ernest Sopsich (CAN)1180
Small Bore Rifle, Three PositionsMen/Open Alister Allan (SCO)1146 Malcolm Cooper (ENG)1145 Guy Lorion (CAN)1144
Small Bore Rifle, Three Positions - PairsMen/Open Malcolm Cooper & Barry Dagger (ENG)2301 Guy Lorion & Jean-François Sénécal (CAN)2279 Alister Allan & Bill MacNeill (SCO)2277
Full Bore RifleMen/Open Arthur Clarke (SCO)387 Lord John Swansea (WAL)385 Charles Trotter (GGY)384
Full Bore Rifle - PairsMen/Open Keith Affleck & Geoffrey Ayling (AUS)572 John Bloomfield & Dick Rowling (ENG)570 David Calvert & Hazel Mackintosh (NIR)563
Air RifleMen/Open Jean-François Sénécal (CAN)574 Matthew Guille (GGY)572 Malcolm Cooper (ENG)570
Air Rifle - PairsMen/Open Alister Allan & Bill MacNeill (SCO)1137 Malcolm Cooper & Barry Dagger (ENG)1126 Norbert Jahn & Anton Wurfel (AUS)1123


Event Gold Silver Bronze
TrapMen/Open Peter Boden (ENG)191 Terry Rumbel (AUS)190 Peter Croft (ENG)190
Trap - PairsMen/Open Jim Ellis & Terry Rumbel (AUS)190 Peter Croft & Peter Boden (ENG)186 James Young & Martin Girvan (SCO)183
SkeetMen/Open John Woolley (NZL)197 Ian Hale (AUS)196 Wally Sykes (ENG)195
Skeet - PairsMen/Open Brian Gabriel & Fred Altmann (CAN)191 Jim Sheffield & Wally Sykes (ENG)190 Alex Crikis & Ian Hale (AUS)190



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight - OverallMen Nick Voukelatos (AUS)207.5 Grunadan Kambiah (IND)200 Lawrence Tom (NGR)192.5
Bantamweight - OverallMen Geoff Laws (ENG)235 Bijar Kumar Satpathy (IND)227.5 Lorenzo Orsini (AUS)222.5
Featherweight - OverallMen Dean Willey (ENG)267.5 Tamil Selvin (IND)245 Chua Koon Siang (SIN)242.5
Lightweight - OverallMen David Morgan (WAL)295 Bill Stellios (AUS)285 Patrick Bassey (NGR)277.5
Middleweight - OverallMen Steve Pinsent (ENG)312.5 Tony Pignone (AUS)305 Jacques Demers (CAN)302.5
Light Heavyweight - OverallMen Newton Burrowes (ENG)325 Guy Greavette (CAN)320 Cosmas Idioh (NGR)317.5
Middle Heavyweight - OverallMen Robert Kabbas (AUS)337.5 Peter Pinsent (ENG)335 Mike Sabljak (AUS)325
Sub Heavyweight - OverallMen Oliver Orok (NGR)350 Gary Langford (ENG)350 Kevin Roy (CAN)340
Heavyweight - OverallMen John Burns (WAL)347.5 Joe Kabalan (AUS)325 Mario Leblanc (CAN)315
Super Heavyweight - OverallMen Dean Lukin (AUS)377.5 Bob Edmond (AUS)347.5 Bassey Ironbar (NGR)320


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light FlyweightMen Ram Chander Sarang (IND) Steve Reinsfield (NZL) Maldwyn Cooper (CAN)
FlyweightMen Mahabir Singh (IND) Ray Takahashi (CAN) Ken Hoyt (AUS)
BantamweightMen Brian Aspen (ENG) Ashok Kumar (IND) Chris Maddock (NZL)
FeatherweightMen Bob Robinson (CAN) Cris Brown (AUS) Austin Atasie (NGR)
LightweightMen Jagminder Singh (IND) Zsigmund Kelevitz (AUS) Lloyd Renken (CAN)
WelterweightMen Rajinder Singh (IND) Ken Reinsfield (NZL) Brian Renken (CAN)
MiddleweightMen Chris Rinke (CAN) Wally Koenig (AUS) Jai Parkash Kangar (IND)
Light HeavyweightMen Clark Davis (CAN) Kartar Singh (IND) Nigel Sargeant (NZL)
HeavyweightMen Richard Deschatelets (CAN) Satpal Singh (IND) Murray Avery (AUS)
Super HeavyweightMen Wyatt Wishart (CAN) Rajinder Singh (IND) Albert Patrick (SCO)

Aboriginal movement protests

The Brisbane Commonwealth Games were also noted by large-scale protests by the Aboriginal rights movement in Australia, which brought to the centre of international media attention the lack of land rights, poor living condition and suppression of personal and political rights in Queensland in particular, and in Australia as a whole.[11] The protests, which were followed by large-scale arrests, are a significant event in the history of the Australian Aboriginal movement.[12]

Games identity


Matilda[13] the Kangaroo mascot for the 1982 Commonwealth Games (shown here at the Opening ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. In this photo Matilda is seen as it goes around the stadium, winking to the crowd.

The massive Matilda prop from the opening ceremony was relocated to Wet'n'Wild Water World, a water park in the Gold Coast hinterland. Unfortunately, in 2007, Matilda lay out the back of Wet'n'Wild in pieces, until 2011, when the winking icon found a new home at the back of the Kybong Matilda fuel station (now a Puma fuel station), near Gympie in South East Queensland, and has been thrilling visitors and locals with her impressive stature.[14]

See also


  1. "Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre". Austadiums.com. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  2. "Commemorating the life of Sir Edward Williams". 2004. Supreme Court of Queensland Library. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 June 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 June 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-03-17.
  6. 1 2 Phil Lutton. "Could the Gold Coast ever beat Brisbane's Games?". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  7. "Past Commonwealth Games". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  8. 1 2 Cole, John R. (1984). Shaping a city. Albion, Queensland: William Brooks Queensland. pp. 350–353. ISBN 0-85568-619-7.
  9. 1 2 McBride, Frank; et al. (2009). Brisbane 150 Stories. Brisbane City Council Publication. pp. 274–275. ISBN 978-1-876091-60-6.
  10. "Could the Gold Coast ever beat Brisbane's Games?". Brisbanetimes.com.au. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  11. Spencer Reiss with Carl Robinson, "Aborigines Vs. Queensland", Newsweek: International Edition, 11 October 1982, p. 13
  12. Foley, Gary. "A Short History of the Australian Indigenous Resistance 1950 - 1990". The Koori History Website. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  13. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
  14. Peters, Daniel (2015-08-04). "'Winking Matilda' from 1982 Commonwealth Games sits outside a service station | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-28.


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