1982 Commonwealth Games
|Host city||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Motto||The Friendly Games|
|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|
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. Other events were held at the purpose-built Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler.
The Chairman of the 1982 Commonwealth Games was Sir Edward Williams.
The 1982 Commonwealth Games Logo was designed by Paulo Ferreira, 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, and a gigantic 13-metre (42 feet 8 inches) high mechanical "winking" kangaroo, who travelled around the stadium and winked at the crowd.
46 Commonwealth nations and territories took part in the 1982 Commonwealth Games. A total of 1,583 athletes and 571 officials participated in the event. The Griffith University campus was used as an athletes village.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Helena
- Solomon Islands
- Sri Lanka
- The Gambia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Western Samoa
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 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. 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.
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. 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 Medal—coming 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.
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. 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.
Medals by event
|Light Flyweight||Men||Abraham Wachire (KEN)||John Lyon (ENG)||Lucky Siame (ZAM)|
|Leonard Makhanya (SWZ)|
|Flyweight||Men||Michael Mutua (KEN)||Joseph Kelly (SCO)||Grant Richards (AUS)|
|Albert Musankabala (ZAM)|
|Bantamweight||Men||Joe Orewa (NGR)||Roy Webb (NIR)||Ray Gilbody (ENG)|
|Richard Reilly (AUS)|
|Featherweight||Men||Peter Konyegwachie (NGR)||Peter Hanlon (ENG)||Rodney Harberger (AUS)|
|Winfred Kabunda (ZAM)|
|Lightweight||Men||Hussein Khalili (KEN)||James McDonnell (ENG)||Brian Tink (AUS)|
|Steve Larrimore (BAH)|
|Light Welterweight||Men||Christopher Ossai (NGR)||Charles Owiso (KEN)||Clyde McIntosh (ENG)|
|David Chibuye (ZAM)|
|Welterweight||Men||Chris Pyatt (ENG)||Laston Mukobe (ZAM)||Charles Nwokolo (NGR)|
|Chenanda Machaiah (IND)|
|Light Middleweight||Men||Shawn O'Sullivan (CAN)||Nick Croombes (ENG)||Roland Omoruyi (NGR)|
|Tom Corr (NIR)|
|Middleweight||Men||Jimmy Price (ENG)||Douglas Sam (AUS)||Jeremiah Okoroduddu (NGR)|
|Kevin McDermott (CAN)|
|Light Heavyweight||Men||Fine Sani (FIJ)||Jonathan Kirisa (UGA)||Kevin Barry (NZL)|
|Joseph Poto (ZAM)|
|Heavyweight||Men||Willie DeWit (CAN)||Harold Hylton (ENG)||Willy Isangura (TAN)|
|Mohammed Abdallah (KEN)|
|Free Pistol||Men/Open||Tom Guinn (CAN)||553||Geoffrey Robinson (ENG)||543||Phil Adams (AUS)||540|
|Free Pistol - Pairs||Men/Open||Phil Adams & John Tremelling (AUS)||1077||Barrie Wickens & Rex Hamilton (NZL)||1075||Geoffrey Robinson & Frank Wyatt (ENG)||1074|
|Centre-Fire Pistol||Men/Open||John Cooke (ENG)||580||James Cairns (SCO)||579||Noel Ryan (AUS)||577|
|Centre-Fire Pistol - Pairs||Men/Open||Noel Ryan & Alexander Taransky (AUS)||1151||Mohinder Lal & Ashok Pandit (IND)||1138||John Cooke & John Gough (ENG)||1131|
|Rapid-Fire Pistol||Men/Open||Lee Kui Nang (HKG)||583||Jim Timmerman (CAN)||583||John Cooke (ENG)||582|
|Rapid-Fire Pistol - Pairs||Men/Open||Peter Heuke & Alexander Taransky (AUS)||1160||James Cairns & Hugh Hunter (SCO)||1152||Sharad Cahuran & Ramakrishnan Vij (IND)||1151|
|Air Pistol||Men/Open||George Darling (ENG)||576||Phil Adams (AUS)||573||Tom Guinn (CAN)||571|
|Air Pistol - Pairs||Men/Open||Phil Adams & Gregory Colber (AUS)||1128||Geoffrey Robinson & George Darling (ENG)||1126||Jim Timmerman & Tom Guinn (CAN)||1125|
|Small Bore Rifle, Prone||Men/Open||Alan Smith (AUS)||1184||Malcolm Cooper (ENG)||1184||Bill Watkins (WAL)||1177|
|Small Bore Rifle, Prone - Pairs||Men/Open||Malcolm Cooper & Mike Sullivan (ENG)||1187||Colin Harris & Bill Watkins (WAL)||1183||Patrick Vamplew & Ernest Sopsich (CAN)||1180|
|Small Bore Rifle, Three Positions||Men/Open||Alister Allan (SCO)||1146||Malcolm Cooper (ENG)||1145||Guy Lorion (CAN)||1144|
|Small Bore Rifle, Three Positions - Pairs||Men/Open||Malcolm Cooper & Barry Dagger (ENG)||2301||Guy Lorion & Jean-François Sénécal (CAN)||2279||Alister Allan & Bill MacNeill (SCO)||2277|
|Full Bore Rifle||Men/Open||Arthur Clarke (SCO)||387||Lord John Swansea (WAL)||385||Charles Trotter (GGY)||384|
|Full Bore Rifle - Pairs||Men/Open||Keith Affleck & Geoffrey Ayling (AUS)||572||John Bloomfield & Dick Rowling (ENG)||570||David Calvert & Hazel Mackintosh (NIR)||563|
|Air Rifle||Men/Open||Jean-François Sénécal (CAN)||574||Matthew Guille (GGY)||572||Malcolm Cooper (ENG)||570|
|Air Rifle - Pairs||Men/Open||Alister Allan & Bill MacNeill (SCO)||1137||Malcolm Cooper & Barry Dagger (ENG)||1126||Norbert Jahn & Anton Wurfel (AUS)||1123|
|Trap||Men/Open||Peter Boden (ENG)||191||Terry Rumbel (AUS)||190||Peter Croft (ENG)||190|
|Trap - Pairs||Men/Open||Jim Ellis & Terry Rumbel (AUS)||190||Peter Croft & Peter Boden (ENG)||186||James Young & Martin Girvan (SCO)||183|
|Skeet||Men/Open||John Woolley (NZL)||197||Ian Hale (AUS)||196||Wally Sykes (ENG)||195|
|Skeet - Pairs||Men/Open||Brian Gabriel & Fred Altmann (CAN)||191||Jim Sheffield & Wally Sykes (ENG)||190||Alex Crikis & Ian Hale (AUS)||190|
|Flyweight - Overall||Men||Nick Voukelatos (AUS)||207.5||Grunadan Kambiah (IND)||200||Lawrence Tom (NGR)||192.5|
|Bantamweight - Overall||Men||Geoff Laws (ENG)||235||Bijar Kumar Satpathy (IND)||227.5||Lorenzo Orsini (AUS)||222.5|
|Featherweight - Overall||Men||Dean Willey (ENG)||267.5||Tamil Selvin (IND)||245||Chua Koon Siang (SIN)||242.5|
|Lightweight - Overall||Men||David Morgan (WAL)||295||Bill Stellios (AUS)||285||Patrick Bassey (NGR)||277.5|
|Middleweight - Overall||Men||Steve Pinsent (ENG)||312.5||Tony Pignone (AUS)||305||Jacques Demers (CAN)||302.5|
|Light Heavyweight - Overall||Men||Newton Burrowes (ENG)||325||Guy Greavette (CAN)||320||Cosmas Idioh (NGR)||317.5|
|Middle Heavyweight - Overall||Men||Robert Kabbas (AUS)||337.5||Peter Pinsent (ENG)||335||Mike Sabljak (AUS)||325|
|Sub Heavyweight - Overall||Men||Oliver Orok (NGR)||350||Gary Langford (ENG)||350||Kevin Roy (CAN)||340|
|Heavyweight - Overall||Men||John Burns (WAL)||347.5||Joe Kabalan (AUS)||325||Mario Leblanc (CAN)||315|
|Super Heavyweight - Overall||Men||Dean Lukin (AUS)||377.5||Bob Edmond (AUS)||347.5||Bassey Ironbar (NGR)||320|
|Light Flyweight||Men||Ram Chander Sarang (IND)||Steve Reinsfield (NZL)||Maldwyn Cooper (CAN)|
|Flyweight||Men||Mahabir Singh (IND)||Ray Takahashi (CAN)||Ken Hoyt (AUS)|
|Bantamweight||Men||Brian Aspen (ENG)||Ashok Kumar (IND)||Chris Maddock (NZL)|
|Featherweight||Men||Bob Robinson (CAN)||Cris Brown (AUS)||Austin Atasie (NGR)|
|Lightweight||Men||Jagminder Singh (IND)||Zsigmund Kelevitz (AUS)||Lloyd Renken (CAN)|
|Welterweight||Men||Rajinder Singh (IND)||Ken Reinsfield (NZL)||Brian Renken (CAN)|
|Middleweight||Men||Chris Rinke (CAN)||Wally Koenig (AUS)||Jai Parkash Kangar (IND)|
|Light Heavyweight||Men||Clark Davis (CAN)||Kartar Singh (IND)||Nigel Sargeant (NZL)|
|Heavyweight||Men||Richard Deschatelets (CAN)||Satpal Singh (IND)||Murray Avery (AUS)|
|Super Heavyweight||Men||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. The protests, which were followed by large-scale arrests, are a significant event in the history of the Australian Aboriginal movement.
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.
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