Stephen Jenkins – ISN
Picture Courtesy of Andy Laing
July 23 2014, (ISN)
Canada was the first host nation of the British Empire Games (which later became the Commonwealth Games in 1978, again in Canada) in 1930 when the event was held in Hamilton. Canada has competed in every Games since, one of only six nations to do so, and is currently third in the all-time medal tally with 1318 medals (413 gold, 443, silver and 462 bronze).
The 1930 British Empire Games were the brain child of Canadian sports reporter Melville Marks Robinson of Ontario, who pushed for the creation of a competition that would bring together athletes from across the Empire.
After hosting the very first Games, Canada has hosted the event a further three times, in Vancouver in 1954, Edmonton in 1978 and Victoria in 1994. Ironically Halifax bid for the 2014 Games we are enjoying now but unfortunately had to withdraw their bid.
In the 1978 Edmonton Games, Team Canada had their most successful competition coming first in the medals table with 45 golds, 31 silver and 33 bronze. Despite being third in the Commonwealth Games overall medals table, it might be some time before Canada achieves top spot – Australia currently have 2080 medals in total!
A successful Games in Glasgow in 2014 will be a good start in closing that gap and we’ll be here to keep you up to date with the big events here in Glasgow as the Games evolve.