New Zealand at the 1938 British Empire Games

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New Zealand at the
1938 British Empire Games
Flag of New Zealand.svg
CGF codeNZL
CGANew Zealand Olympic and British Empire Games Association
Websitewww.olympic.org.nz
in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Competitors69
Flag bearerOpening: Jim Leckie
Closing:
Medals
Ranked 5th
Gold
5
Silver
7
Bronze
13
Total
25
Officials13
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)
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New Zealand at the 1938 British Empire Games was represented by a team of 69 competitors and 13 officials, including 18 athletes, 15 rowers, eight swimmers and divers, and seven each of boxers, cyclists and wrestlers.[1] Selection of the team for the Games in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, was the responsibility of the New Zealand Olympic and British Empire Games Association. New Zealand's flagbearer at the opening ceremony was Jim Leckie. The New Zealand team finished fifth on the medal table, winning a total of 25 medals, five of which were gold.

New Zealand has competed in every games, starting with the British Empire Games in 1930 at Hamilton, Ontario.

Medal tables[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Pat Boot Athletics Men's 880 yards
 Gold Cecil Matthews Athletics Men's 3 miles
 Gold Cecil Matthews Athletics Men's 6 miles
 Gold Bill Bremner, Ernie Jury, Alec Robertson, Bill Whittaker Lawn bowls Men's four
 Gold Walter Denison, Lance Macey Lawn bowls Men's pairs
 Silver Stan Lay Athletics Men's javelin throw
 Silver Darcy Heeney Boxing Men's welterweight
 Silver John Brown Cycling Men's road race
 Silver Frank Livingstone Lawn bowls Men's singles
 Silver Kenneth Boswell, George Burns (cox), Jim Clayton, Albert Hope, John Rigby Rowing Men's coxed four
 Silver Vernon Thomas Wrestling Men's lightweight
 Silver Jim Dryden Wrestling Men's heavyweight
 Bronze Arnold Anderson, Graham Quinn, Alan Sayers, Harold Tyrie Athletics Men's 4 x 440 yards relay
 Bronze Pat Boot Athletics Men's 1 mile
 Bronze Betty Forbes Athletics Women's high jump
 Bronze Jim Leckie Athletics Men's hammer throw
 Bronze Rona Tong Athletics Women's 80 m hurdles
 Bronze Kenneth Moran Boxing Men's featherweight
 Bronze George Giles Cycling Men's sprint
 Bronze Howard Benge, John Charters, Oswald Denison, James Gould, Gus Jackson, Les Pithie, Cyril Stiles, William Stodart (cox), Rangi Thompson Rowing Men's eight
 Bronze Gus Jackson, Robert Smith Rowing Men's double sculls
 Bronze Robert Smith Rowing Men's single sculls
 Bronze Mona Leydon Swimming Women's 440 yards freestyle
 Bronze Joe Genet Wrestling Men's featherweight
 Bronze Jeremiah Podjursky Wrestling Men's welterweight
Medals by sport
Sport Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Total
Athletics 3 1 5 9
Lawn bowls 2 1 0 3
Wrestling 0 2 2 4
Rowing 0 1 3 4
Boxing 0 1 1 2
Cycling 0 1 1 2
Swimming 0 0 1 1
Total 5 7 13 25
Medals by gender
Gender Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Total
Male 5 7 10 22
Female 0 0 3 3
Total 5 7 13 25

Competitors[edit]

The following table lists the number of New Zealand competitors participating at the Games per sport/discipline.

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 13 5 18
Boxing 7 N/A 7
Cycling 7 N/A 7
Diving 0 1 1
Lawn bowls 7 N/A 7
Rowing 15 N/A 15
Swimming 4 3 7
Wrestling 7 N/A 7
Total 60 9 69

Athletics[edit]

Track[edit]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank[i] Result Rank[ii] Result Rank
Theo Allen Men's 880 yards 1:54.5 1 N/A 5
Men's 1 mile 4:20.0 4 N/A DNF
Arnold Anderson Men's 440 yards hurdles N/A 5
Pat Boot Men's 880 yards 1:52.3 GR 1 N/A 1:51.2 GR 1st, gold medalist(s)
Men's 1 mile 2 N/A 4:12.6 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Alan Geddes Men's 3 miles N/A 7
Men's 6 miles N/A 4
Doreen Lumley Women's 100 yards 2 4 Did not advance
Women's 220 yards DQ Did not advance
Cecil Matthews Men's 3 miles N/A 13:59.6 GR 1st, gold medalist(s)
Men's 6 miles N/A 30:14.5 GR 1st, gold medalist(s)
Bill Pullar Men's 1 mile 4:19.5 3 N/A 6
Graham Quinn Men's 100 yards 5 Did not advance
Men's 220 yards 2 5 Did not advance
Alan Sayers Men's 220 yards 5 Did not advance
Men's 440 yards 3 N/A Did not advance
Frank Sharpley Men's 100 yards 3 10.4 6 Did not advance
Men's 120 yards hurdles 3 N/A 15.0 6
Doris Strachan Women's 100 yards 11.8 4 Did not advance
Women's 220 yards 4 Did not advance
Rona Tong Women's 80 yards hurdles 2 N/A 11.8 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Women's 100 yards 5 Did not advance
Harold Tyrie Men's 440 yards 49.3 2 N/A 6
Arnold Anderson
Graham Quinn
Alan Sayers
Harold Tyrie
Men's 4 x 440 yards relay N/A 3:22.0 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Doreen Lumley
Doris Strachan
Rona Tong
Women's 110-220-110 yards relay N/A 4
  1. ^ Ranks given are within the heat
  2. ^ Ranks given are within the semifinal

Field[edit]

Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Betty Forbes Women's high jump 5 ft 2 in
(1.57 m)
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Stan Lay Men's javelin throw 204 ft 1 14 in
(62.21 m)
2nd, silver medalist(s)
Jim Leckie Men's discus throw DNS
Men's hammer throw 145 ft 5 12 in
(44.34 m)
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Mary Mitchell Women's javelin throw 118 ft 12 in
(35.98 m)
4
Jack Morgan Men's discus throw 119 ft 11 12 in
(36.56 m)
8
Doris Strachan Women's long jump 17 ft 34 in
(5.20 m)
6

Boxing[edit]

Athlete Event Quarter Final Semi Final Final / BM Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Hugh Sheridan Flyweight Bye  Joubert (SAF)
L
 Cameron (SCO)
L
4
Jack Parker Bantamweight  Butler (ENG)
L
Did not advance
Kenneth Moran Featherweight Bye  Henricus (CEY)
L
 Harper (ENG)
W
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Joseph Collins Lightweight  Fulton (SRH)
L
Did not advance
Darcy Heeney Welterweight Bye  Tsirindanis (SRH)
W
 Smith (AUS)
L
2nd, silver medalist(s)
Artie Sutherland Middleweight  Reardon (WAL)
L
Did not advance
Ron Withell Heavyweight N/A  Sterley (SAF)
L
 Harley (AUS)
L
4

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Men's road race
Athlete Time Rank
John Brown 2:53:29 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Frank Grose DNF
Ronald Triner 7

Track[edit]

Men's 1000 m sprint
Athlete Heat Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Rank
George Giles  Das (IND)
W 12.9
N/A  Johnson (AUS)
W 13.0
 Porter (AUS)
L 12.9
 Ulmer (NZL)
W 12.9
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Roy Taylor  Porter (AUS)
W 12.5
N/A  Gray (AUS)
L 12.7
Did not advance
Ron Ulmer  Gray (AUS)
W 13.0
N/A  Hicks (ENG)
W 12.8
 Gray (AUS)
L 12.9
 Giles (NZL)
L 12.9
4
Men's 1 km time trial
Athlete Time Rank
George Giles 1:17.3 9
Roy Taylor 1:16.7 7
Ron Ulmer 1:16.6 6
Men's 10 miles track race
Athlete Time Rank
George Giles DNF
Gordon Patrick unplaced
Ron Ulmer DNF

Diving[edit]

Athlete Event Final
Points Rank
Gwen Rix Women's 3 m springboard 65.86 6

Lawn bowls[edit]

Athlete Event Round robin Playoff Rank
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Frank Livingstone Men's singles  Clarke
 (NIR)
W 26 – 5
 Hills
 (ENG)
W 27 – 18
 Low
 (AUS)
W 25 – 12
 Harvey
 (SAF)
L 19 – 26
 Bourne
 (SRH)
W 26 – 9
N/A 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Lance Macey
Walter Denison
Men's pairs  England
W 22 – 20
 Fiji
L 20 – 21
 South Africa
W 24 – 13
 Scotland
W 25 – 21
 Australia
W 25 – 21
N/A 1st, gold medalist(s)
Bill Whittaker
Alec Robertson
Ernie Jury
Bill Bremner
Men's four  Fiji
W 26 – 11
 Canada
W 21 – 19
 Australia
W 19 – 14
 South Africa
L 16 – 17
 England
W 22 – 12
 South Africa
W 19 – 6
1st, gold medalist(s)

Rowing[edit]

Athlete Event Rank
Bob Smith Men's single sculls 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Gus Jackson
Bob Smith
Men's double sculls 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
John Rigby
Kenneth Boswell
Albert Hope
Jim Clayton
George Burns
(cox)
Men's coxed four 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Les Pithie
Oswald Denison
John Charters
Howard Benge
Gus Jackson
Cyril Stiles
Rangi Thompson
James Gould
William Stodart
(cox)
Men's eight 3rd, bronze medalist(s)

Percival Stowers and Cliff Johnson accompanied the team as emergencies, but did not compete.

Swimming[edit]

Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank[i] Result Rank
Noel Crump Men's 110 yards freestyle 4 Did not advance
Men's 440 yards freestyle 5 Did not advance
Jack Davies Men's 220 yards breaststroke 3:10.4 4 Did not advance
Winnie Dunn Women's 220 yards breaststroke N/A 7
Peter Hanan Men's 110 yards freestyle 1:00.5 4 q 5
Mona Leydon Women's 440 yards freestyle 5:36.8 2 Q 5:42.0 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Joyce Macdonald Women's 110 yards backstroke 1:28.6 Did not advance
Len Newell Men's 440 yards freestyle 7 Did not advance
Men's 1650 yards freestyle DNF Did not advance
Joyce Macdonald
Mona Leydon
Winnie Dunn
Women's 3 x 110 yards medley relay N/A 4:22.3 5
  1. ^ Ranks given are within the heat

Wrestling[edit]

Athlete Event Elimination rounds Final Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Leo Nolan Bantamweight  Purcell (AUS)
W
 Cazaux (ENG)
L
 Blake (CAN)
L
N/A 4
Joseph Genet Featherweight  Purchase (ENG)
L
 Clarke (CAN)
L
N/A N/A 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Vernon Thomas Lightweight Bye  Garrard (AUS)
L
 Harding (SAF)
W
N/A 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Jeremiah Podjursky Welterweight  Trevaskis (AUS)
L
 Stander (SAF)
L
N/A Did not advance 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Harcourt Godfrey Middleweight Bye  Jeffers (ENG)
L
 Sheasby (SAF)
L
Did not advance
Torsten Anderson Light heavyweight  Greenspan (SAF)
L
 Scarf (AUS)
L
N/A Did not advance 4
Jim Dryden Heavyweight  Dudgeon (SCO)
W
 Whelan (CAN)
W
N/A  Knight (AUS)
L
2nd, silver medalist(s)

Officials[edit]

  • H McCormick: Chef de Mission
  • Dolph Kitto: Deputy Chef de Mission
  • B R McKernan: Athletics coach
  • F Hughes: Boxing sport manager
  • H L Grant: Cycling manager
  • A Whitten: Lawn Bowls manager
  • E Petty: Lawn Bowls assistant manager
  • Herbert Ayers: Rowing coach
  • Allen Hale: Rowing sport manager
  • E C Isaacs: Swimming sport manager
  • A Craig: Wrestling coach
  • J Creeke: Wrestling sport manager
  • E G Sutherland: Chaperone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "For Sydney". Evening Post. 14 January 1938. p. 11. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  • All team lists and results from NZOC

External links[edit]