The 1950 British Empire Games was the fourth edition of what is now called the Commonwealth Games. It was held in Auckland, New Zealand between 4 and 11 February 1950, after a 12-year gap from the third edition of the games. The main venue was Eden Park, although the closing ceremonies were held at Western Springs Stadium, see New Zealand at the 1950 British Empire Games. The fourth games were originally awarded to Montreal, Quebec, Canada and were to be held in 1942 but were cancelled due to World War II.
|IV British Empire Games|
|Opening ceremony||4 February|
|Closing ceremony||11 February|
|Officially opened by||Bernard Freyberg|
|Athlete's Oath||Stan Lay|
(Teams participating for the first time in bold).
At the 1950 British Empire Games all the teams won at least one medal.
|3||New Zealand (NZL)*||10||22||21||53|
|5||South Africa (SAF)||8||4||8||20|
|Southern Rhodesia (SRH)||0||1||0||1|
|Totals (12 nations)||88||89||80||257|
|Flyweight||Hugh Riley (SCO)||K. Edwin (CEY)||Marcus Temple (SAF)|
|Bantamweight||Johnny van Rensburg (SAF)||Albert Perera (CEY)||Len Walters (CAN)|
|Featherweight||Henry Gilliland (SCO)||Andy Verceuil (RHO)||Peter Brander (ENG)|
|Lightweight||Ronny Latham (ENG)||Billy Barber (AUS)||Jim Barnden (NZL)|
|Welterweight||Terry Ratcliffe (ENG)||Bill Seewitz (AUS)||Alex Obeysekere (CEY)|
|Middleweight||Theunis van Schalkwyk (SAF)||James Beal (NZL)||Bill Pinkus (CAN)|
|Light heavyweight||Don Scott (ENG)||Chris Rollinson (NZL)||Jack Taylor (AUS)|
|Heavyweight||Frank Creagh (NZL)||Sid Cousins (AUS)||none awarded|
|Time Trial||Russell Mockridge (AUS)||1:13.4||Sid Patterson (AUS)||1:13.5||Tommy Godwin (ENG)||1:13.6|
|Sprint 1000 m||Russell Mockridge (AUS)||2–0||Sid Patterson (AUS)||0–2||Graham Avery (NZL)||2–1|
|4000 m Ind. Pursuit||Cyril Cartwright (ENG)||5:16.3||Russell Mockridge (AUS)||5:27.0||Les Lock (NZL)||5:26.7|
|10-mile Scratch||William Heseltine (AUS)||23:23.4||Les Lock (NZL)||Ken Caves (AUS)|
|Road race||Hector Sutherland (AUS)||3'13:06.4||Nick Carter (NZL)||3'13:06.5||Jack Fowler (AUS)||3'13:06.6|
|3 m springboard||George Athans (CAN)||169.21||Peter Heatly (SCO)||168.80||Jack Stewart (NZL)||168.17|
|10 m platform||Peter Heatly (SCO)||156.07||George Athans (CAN)||145.36||Frank Murphy (AUS)||129.40|
|3 m springboard||Edna Child (ENG)||126.58||Noeline MacLean (AUS)||124.59||Lynda Hunt (CAN)||115.38|
|10 m platform||Edna Child (ENG)||70.89||Gwen Fawcett (AUS)||65.64||Noeline MacLean (AUS)||59.93|
|Foil||René Paul (ENG)||7 wins||John Fethers (AUS)||6 wins||George Pouliot (CAN)||4 wins|
|Foil team|| England
|20 wins|| New Zealand
|13 wins|| Canada
|Épée||Charles de Beaumont (ENG)||7 wins||Robert Anderson (ENG)||6 wins||Ivan Lund (AUS)||5 wins|
|Épée team|| Australia
|3 wins|| England
Charles de Beaumont
|2 wins|| Canada
|Sabre||Arthur Pilbrow (ENG)||Robert Anderson (ENG)||George Pouliot (CAN)|
|Sabre team|| England
Charles de Beaumont
|4 wins|| Canada
|2 wins|| Australia
|Foil||Mary Glen-Haig (ENG)||7 wins||Patricia Woodroffe (NZL)||6 wins||Catherine Pym (AUS)||5 wins|
All events were for men only.
|Singles (details)||James Pirret (NZL)||8 points||Albert Newton (AUS)||6 points||Lionel Garnett (FIJ)||4 points|
|Pairs (details)|| Phil Exelby
and Robert Henry (NZL)
|6 points|| W. Gibb
and H. J. van Zyl (SAF)
|4 points|| Leslie Brown
and James Poulton (FIJ)
|Fours (details)|| South Africa
|4 points+|| Australia
|4 points|| New Zealand
+ won play offs
|Single sculls||Mervyn Wood (AUS)||7:46.8||Tony Rowe (ENG)||7:54.0||Ian Stephen (SAF)||8:04.0|
|Double sculls|| Mervyn Wood
and Murray Riley (AUS)
|7:22|| Joe Schneider
and Des Simonson (NZL)
|7:32|| Ken Tinegate
and Jack Brown (ENG)
|Coxless pairs|| Wal Lambert
and Jack Webster (AUS)
|7:58|| David Gould
and Humphrey Gould (NZL)
|Coxed fours|| New Zealand
Peter Holmes a Court
|6:27|| New Zealand
Peter de Giles
|110 yd freestyle||Peter Salmon (CAN)||1:00.4||Frank O'Neill (AUS)||1:00.6||Pat Kendall (ENG)||1:01.8|
|440 yd freestyle||Garrick Agnew (AUS)||4:54.6||Graham Johnston (SAF)||60.8||Buddy Lucas (NZL)||4:55.5|
|1650 yd freestyle||Graham Johnston (SAF)||19:55.7||Jim Portelance (CAN)||20:08.3||Buddy Lucas (NZL)||20:10.1|
|110 yd backstroke||Jackie Wiid (SAF)||1:07.7||John Brockway (WAL)||1:08.0||Bert Kinnear (SCO)||1:10.8|
|220 yd breaststroke||David Hawkins (AUS)||2:54.1||Roy Romain (ENG)||2:54.2||Ron Sharpe (AUS)||2:56.0|
|4×220 yd freestyle relay|| New Zealand
|3×110 yd medley relay|| England
|3:29.4|| New Zealand
|110 yd freestyle||Marjorie McQuade (AUS)||1:09.0||Margaret Wellington (ENG)||1:09.6||Joan Harrison (SAF)||1:10.7|
|440 yd freestyle||Joan Harrison (SAF)||5:26.4||Margaret Wellington (ENG)||5:33.7||Denise Norton (AUS)||5:33.8|
|110 yd backstroke||Judy-Joy Davies (AUS)||1:18.6||Jean Stewart (NZL)||1:19.1||Helen Yate (ENG)||1:20.5|
|220 yd breaststroke||Elenor Gordon (SCO)||3:01.7||Nancy Lyons (AUS)||3:03.6||Elizabeth Church (ENG)||3:10.3|
|4×110 yd freestyle relay|| Australia
|4:44.9|| New Zealand
|3×110 yd medley relay|| Australia
Water polo was contested by men's teams only, with New Zealand and Australia the only two teams entered. The matches were played at the Olympic Pool in Newmarket.
|3 wins|| New Zealand
|0 wins||none awarded|
All events were for men only.
|Bantamweight||Tho Fook Hung (MAL)||655 lb||Rosaire Smith (CAN)||615 lb||Keith Caple (AUS)||600 lb|
|Featherweight||Koh Eng Tong (MAL)||685 lb||Julian Creus (ENG)||670 lb||Barrie Engelbrecht (SAF)||640 lb|
|Lightweight||Jim Halliday (ENG)||760 lb||Thong Saw Pak (MAL)||735 lb||Vern Barberis (AUS)||730 lb|
|Middleweight||Gerry Gratton (CAN)||795 lb||Bruce George (NZL)||740 lb||Fred Griffin (AUS)||720 lb|
|Light Heavyweight||Jim Varaleau (CAN)||815 lb||Issy Bloomberg (SAF)||815 lb||Tan Kim Bee (MAL)||765 lb|
|Heavyweight||Harold Cleghorn (NZL)||900 lb||Ray Magee (AUS)||830 lb||none awarded|
All events were for men only.
|Flyweight||Bert Harris (AUS)||1 win||Eric Matthews (NZL)||1 loss||none awarded|
|Bantamweight||Douglas Mudgway (NZL)||1 win||Jim Chapman (AUS)||1 loss||none awarded|
|Featherweight||John Armitt (NZL)||3 wins||Roland Milord (CAN)||2 w – 1 l||Arnold Parsons (ENG)||1 w – 2 l|
|Lightweight||Dick Garrard (AUS)||3 wins||Morgan Plumb (CAN)||2 wins||George Hobson (NZL)||1 win|
|Welterweight||Henry Hudson (CAN)||3 wins||Jack Little (AUS)||3 w – 1 l||Martin Jooste (SAF)||1 win|
|Middleweight||Maurice Vachon (CAN)||3 wins||Bruce Arthur (AUS)||3 w – 1 l||Carel Reitz (SAF)||2 w – 2 l|
|Light heavyweight||Patrick Morton (SAF)||2 wins||Arthur Sneddon (NZL)||1 win||Tom Trevaskis (AUS)|
|Heavyweight||Jim Armstrong (AUS)||3 wins||Pat O'Connor (NZL)||2 wins||Kenneth Richmond (ENG)||1 win|
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This page shows the all-time medal table for the Commonwealth Games. The table is updated as of 15 April 2018, the day the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast ended.
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. The source for this data are the tallies listed at the Commonwealth Games Federation's website.Athletics at the 1950 British Empire Games
At the 1950 British Empire Games, the athletics events were held at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand in February 1950. A total of 28 athletics events were contested at the Games, 20 by men and 8 by women. A total of seventeen Games records were set or improved over the competition.
A number of events can be viewed in series of 13 1950 Empire Games archive reels which have been placed by Archives New Zealand on YouTube.Australia at the 1950 British Empire Games
Australia at the 1950 British Empire Games was abbreviated AUS. This was their fourth of 4 Commonwealth Games meets.Bev Brewis
Beverley Lenna Brewis (15 June 1930 – 22 March 2006) was a New Zealand high jumper who represented her country at the 1950 British Empire Games.Bill Carroll (rower)
William James Carroll is a former New Zealand rower.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the gold medal as part of the men's coxed four.Bill James (rower)
John "Bill" William James is a former New Zealand rower.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the gold medal as part of the men's coxed four.Canada at the 1950 British Empire Games
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Charles L. Brown is a former water polo representative from New Zealand.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the silver medal as part of the men's water polo team.Charles Dearing
Charles Gordon Dearing is a former New Zealand fencer.
He won the silver medal alongside Austen Gittos, Murray Gittos and Nathaniel Millar as part of the men's foil team at the 1950 British Empire Games.Clem Parker
Clement Parker (31 December 1926 – 6 November 2017) was a New Zealand sprinter.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the bronze medal as part of the men's 4 x 110 yard relay alongside Kevin Beardsley, Arthur Eustace and Peter Henderson. He also competed in the 100 and 200 yards where he placed 6th in each of the finals.His sister Dorothea Parker also won a medal at the 1950 British Empire Games.Colin Johnstone
Colin Gordon Johnstone (14 September 1921 – 10 November 1991) was a New Zealand rowing coxswain who mostly competed in coxed fours. He won a gold medal at the 1950 British Empire Games, and competed at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics.George Hobson (wrestler)
George Hobson is a former wrestler from New Zealand.
He competed at the 1950 British Empire Games where he won the bronze medal in the men's lightweight division.Jack Sutherland
Jack W. Sutherland is a former New Zealand sprinter.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the bronze medal in the men's 440 yards relay alongside Dave Batten, John Holland and Derek Steward. He also competed in the men's 440 yards where he placed 6th overall.James McIvor
James McIvor is a former New Zealand boxer.
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Jim Cameron is a former water polo representative from New Zealand.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the silver medal as part of the men's water polo team.Jim Walsh (water polo)
James Richard "Jim" Walsh is a former water polo representative from New Zealand.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the silver medal as part of the men's water polo team.John Clarke (athlete)
John Clarke is a former New Zealand marathon runner.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the bronze medal in the men's marathon in a time of 2:39:26.4.Kevin Beardsley
Kevin Beardsley is a former New Zealand sprinter.
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the bronze medal as part of the men's 4 x 110 yard relay alongside Arthur Eustace, Peter Henderson and Clem Parker. He also competed in the 100 yards where he placed 6th in his semi-final.Lawn Bowls at the 1950 British Empire Games
The lawn bowls competition at the 1950 British Empire Games took place in Auckland, New Zealand from 4 February until 11 February 1950.