New Zealand at the 1950 British Empire Games

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New Zealand at the
1950 British Empire Games
Flag of New Zealand.svg
CGF code NZL
CGA New Zealand Olympic Committee
Website www.olympic.org.nz
in Auckland, New Zealand
Competitors 175
Flag bearer Opening:
Closing:
Medals
Ranked 3rdth
Gold Silver Bronze Total
10 22 21 53
Officials 24
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)
British Empire Games
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
British Commonwealth Games
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New Zealand (abbreviated NZL) had a team of 175 competitors and 24 officials at the 1950 British Empire Games, which were held at Auckland, New Zealand. The flagbearer at the opening ceremony was Harold Nelson.

New Zealand has competed in every games, starting with the first British Empire Games in 1930 at Hamilton, Ontario. Selection is the responsibility of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Games Venue[edit]

4th British Empire Games
1950 New Zealand.jpg
Host city Auckland, New Zealand
Nations participating 12 Nations of the Empire
Athletes participating 590
Opening ceremony 4 February
Closing ceremony 11 February
Main venue Eden Park

The main stadium was at Eden Park. Other venues were the Auckland Town Hall (Boxing & Wrestling), the Drill Hall (Fencing), Western Springs (Cycling, and Closing) Lake Karapiro (Rowing), and the Newmarket Olympic Pool (Swimming). Accommodation was at the Ardmore Teachers' Training College, 23 miles (37 kilometres) away at South Auckland. Total attendance was 246,694; higher than 1954 (159,636), 1958 (178,621) and 1962 (224,987).[1]

Medals[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze Total
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 10 22 22 54


New Zealand was third in the medal table in 1950.

Gold[edit]

Athletics:

1st, gold medalist(s) Harold Nelson — Men's 6 Miles
1st, gold medalist(s) Yvette Williams — Women's Long Jump

Boxing:

1st, gold medalist(s) Frank Creagh — Men's Heavyweight 81–91 kg

Lawn Bowls:

1st, gold medalist(s) Phil Exelby and Robert Henry — Men's Pairs
1st, gold medalist(s) James Pirret — Men's Singles

Rowing:

1st, gold medalist(s) Bill Carroll, Bill James, Ted Johnson, Colin Johnstone and John O'Brien — Men's Coxed Four

Swimming:

1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Amos, Lyall Barry, Colin Chambers and Buddy Lucas — Men's 880 yards Freestyle Relay

Weightlifting:

1st, gold medalist(s) Harold Cleghorn — Men's 110 kg

Wrestling:

1st, gold medalist(s) John Armitt — Men's 62 kg
1st, gold medalist(s) Doug Mudgway — Men's 57 kg

Silver[edit]

Athletics:

2nd, silver medalist(s) Shirley Hardman, Dorothea Parker and Lesley Rowe — Women's 440 yards Relay
2nd, silver medalist(s) John Holland — Men's 440 yards Hurdles
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bevin Hough — Men's Long Jump
2nd, silver medalist(s) Harold Nelson — Men's 3 Miles
2nd, silver medalist(s) June Schoch — Women's 80 m Hurdles
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yvette Williams — Women's Javelin Throw

Boxing:

2nd, silver medalist(s) James Beal — Men's Middleweight 71–75 kg
2nd, silver medalist(s) Christopher Rollinson — Men's Light Heavyweight 75–81 kg

Fencing:

2nd, silver medalist(s) Charles Dearing, Austen Gittos, Murray Gittos and Nathaniel Millar — Men's Foil Team
2nd, silver medalist(s) Patricia Woodroffe — Women's Individual Foil

Cycling:

2nd, silver medalist(s) Nick Carter — Men's Road Race
2nd, silver medalist(s) Les Lock — Men's 10 Mile Scratch Race

Rowing:

2nd, silver medalist(s) Donald Adam, Kerry Ashby, Murray Ashby, Bruce Culpan, Thomas Engel, Grahame Jarratt, Don Rowlands, Edwin Smith and Bill Tinnock — Men's Eight
2nd, silver medalist(s) David Gould and Humphrey Gould — Men's Coxless Pair
2nd, silver medalist(s) Joseph Schneider and Desmond Simonson — Men's Double Sculls

Swimming:

2nd, silver medalist(s) Norma Bridson, Winifred Griffin, Joan Hastings and Kristin Jacobi — Women's 440 yards Freestyle Relay
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jean Stewart — Women's 110 yards Backstroke

Weightlifting:

2nd, silver medalist(s) Bruce George — Men's −75 kg

Wrestling:

2nd, silver medalist(s) Eric Matthews — Men's 52 kg
2nd, silver medalist(s) Pat O'Connor — Men's 100 kg
2nd, silver medalist(s) Arthur Sneddon — Men's 90 kg

Waterpolo:

2nd, silver medalist(s) Charles Brown, Jim Cameron, Terry Harris, Bob Hatchwell, Barrie Hutchinson, Tom Logan, Edward Raven, Jim Walsh, Neil Williams and Wally Williams — Men's Waterpolo

Bronze[edit]

Athletics:

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dave Batten, John Holland, Derek Steward and Jack Sutherland — Men's 4 x 440 yards Relay
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dave Batten — Men's 440 yards
3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Clarke — Men's Marathon
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dave Dephoff — Men's Long Jump
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ruth Dowman — Women's Long Jump
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Keith Beardsley, Arthur Eustace, Peter Henderson and Clem Parker — Men's 4 x 110 yards Relay
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Don Jowett — Men's 220 yards
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Maurice Marshall — Men's Mile
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Cleone Rivett-Carnac — Women's Javelin Throw
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Janet Shackleton — Women's 80 m Hurdles
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Noeline Swinton — Women's High Jump
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Noel Taylor — Men's 6 Miles

Boxing:

3rd, bronze medalist(s) J Barnden — Men's Lightweight 57–60 kg

Cycling:

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Graham Avery — Men's Sprint
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Les Lock — Men's Individual Pursuit (4000 m)

Diving:

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jack Stewart — Men's 1 m Springboard

Bowls:

3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Englebretson, Noel Jolly, Fred Russell and Pete Skoglund — Men's Fours

Swimming:

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lyall Barry, Peter Mathieson and John Shanahan — Men's 330 yards Medley Relay
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Buddy Lucas — Men's 440 yards Freestyle
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Buddy Lucas — Men's 1650 yards Freestyle

Wrestling:

3rd, bronze medalist(s) George Hobson — Men's Lightweight


New Zealand Team[edit]

Athletics[edit]

See also Athletics at the 1950 British Empire Games

Men[edit]

  • 100 yards
Peter Henderson – 5th place (9.9s)
Clem Parker – 6th place (10.0s)
Keith Beardsley – 6th place, semifinal 1 (10.2s)
Arthur Eustace – 6th place, semifinal 2 (10.1s)
  • 220 yards
Donald Jowett – Bronze medal Med 3.png (21.8s)
Clem Parker – 6th place – (22.2s)
Dave Batten – 4th in semifinal (22.2s) – eliminated
  • 440 yards
Dave Batten – Bronze medal Med 3.png (48.8s)
Jack Sutherland – 6th place
John Myles – 5th, semifinal 1
Doug Harris – did not start.
  • 880 yards
Clifford Simpson – 6th place. (1m 56.0s)
Neil Wilson – 8th place. (1m 53.2s in heat 1)
Barry Steel – 6th, heat 2 – eliminated
Doug Harris – did not finish, heat 1.
  • 1-mile
Maurice Marshall – Bronze Medal Med 3.png (4m 13.2s)
Jack Sinclair – 6th place (4m 20s)
Neil Bates- 6th, heat 1 (4m 25.8s) – eliminated
Clifford Simpson – 6th, heat 2 (4m 26.6s)- eliminated
  • 3 miles
Harold Nelson – Silver medal Med 2.png (14m 27.8s)
Colin Lousich – 6th place (14m 41s)
George Hoskins – 12th
Noel Taylor – 11th place
  • 6 miles
Harold Nelson – Gold medal Med 1.png (30m 29.6s)
Noel Taylor – Bronze medal Med 3.png (30m 31.9s)
Colin Lousich – did not finish.
George Hoskins – Did not start.
  • Marathon
John Clarke – Bronze medal Med 3.png (2h 37m 26.4s)
Gordon Bromley – 7th place (2h 46m 51s)
Arthur Lydiard – 12th place (2h 54m 51.6s)
Lionel Foe – 13th place (2h 57m 47.2s)
  • 120 yards hurdles
John Holland – 5th place (15.1s)
Lionel Smith – 6th place. (14.8s in heat 2)
Allen Hill – 4th, heat 1 (eliminated)
  • 440 yards hurdles
John Holland – Silver medal Med 2.png (52.7s)
Derek Steward – 4th, semifinal – eliminated (54.4s in heat 3)
Allen Hill – 4th, heat 1 (eliminated)
  • 4 x 110 yards relay – Bronze medal Med 3.png (42.6s)
Keith Beardsley, Arthur Eustace, Peter Henderson, Clem Parker
  • 4 x 440 yards relay – Bronze medal Med 3.png (3m 20.0s)
Dave Batten, John Holland, Derek Steward, Jack Sutherland
  • Long jump
Bevin Hough – Silver medal Med 2.png (23 ft 7 38 in (7.20 m))
Dave Dephoff – Bronze medal Med 3.png (23 ft 3 in (7.09 m))
Keith Forsythe – 4th place (23 ft 3 in (7.09 m))
  • Triple jump
Roy Johnson – 4th place (47 ft 7.5 in (14.516 m))
Keith Forsythe – 5th place (46 ft 7.75 in (14.2177 m))
Graham Jeffries: – 6th place (46 ft 2.75 in (14.0907 m))
Colin Kay – 9th place (45 ft 7.75 in (13.9129 m))
  • High jump
Johnny Borland – 4th place (6 ft 5 in (1.96 m))
Raymond McKenzie – 11th place (6 ft 0 in (1.83 m))
Eric Rhodes – 14th place (5 ft 9 in (1.75 m))
Roy Woolley – 14th place (5 ft 9 in (1.75 m))
  • Pole vault
Wallace Heron – 4th place (12 ft 9 in (3.89 m))
George Martin – 6th place (12 ft 3 in (3.73 m))
Merv Richards – 8th place (12 ft 3 in (3.73 m))
  • Discus throw
Gus Redmond – 5th place (132 ft 8.75 in (40.4559 m))
Max Carr – 8th place (126 ft 8.75 in (38.6271 m))
  • Hammer throw
Arthur Fuller – 5th place (143 ft 2.5 in (43.650 m))
Max Carr – 6th place (140 ft 6.75 in (42.8435 m))
James Leckie – 7th place (136 ft 6 in (41.61 m))
Johnny Brown – 9th place (135 ft 3.5 in (41.237 m))
  • Javelin throw
Claude Clegg – 5th place (175 ft 11 in (53.62 m))
Stan Lay – 6th place (175 ft 4 in (53.44 m))
  • Shot put
Doug Herman – 4th place (44 ft 0 in (13.41 m))
Keith Morgan – 5th place (43 ft 10 in (13.36 m))
Clyde Main – 6th place (41 ft 4 in (12.60 m))

Women[edit]

  • 100 yards
Dorothea Parker – 4th place (11.2s)
Shirley Hardman – 5th place (11.3s)
Ruth Dickey – 4th in semifinal (11.3s) – eliminated
Colleen Malone – 5th, semifinal 1 (11.6s) – eliminated
  • 220 yards
Dorothea Parker – 4th place (24.8s)
Joan Hart – 5th, semifinal 1 (25.9s in heat)
Lesley Rowe – 6th in semifinal (25.8s) – eliminated
  • 80 metres hurdles
June Schoch – Silver medal Med 2.png (11.6s)
Janet Shackleton – Bronze medal Med 3.png (11.7s)
Noeline Gourley – 4th place, final (11.9s)
Pixie Fletcher – 6th place, heat 2 (11.9s)
  • 440 yards relay – Silver medal Med 2.png (48.7s)
Shirley Hardman, Dorothea Parker, Lesley Rowe
  • 660 yards relay – finished 4th but disqualified (1m 16.8s)
Ruth Dickey, Dorothea Parker, Lesley Rowe, Shirley Hardman
  • Long jump
Yvette Williams – Gold medal Med 1.png (19 ft 4 58 in (5.91 m))
Ruth Dickey – Bronze medal Med 3.png (18 ft 10 in (5.74 m))
June Schoch – 11th place (15 ft 3.75 in (4.6673 m))
  • High jump
Noeline Swinton – Bronze medal Med 3.png (5 ft 1 in (1.55 m))
Bev Brewis – 5th place (4 ft 10 in (1.47 m))
  • Javelin throw
Yvette Williams – Silver medal Med 2.png (124 ft 6.75 in (37.9667 m))
Cleone Rivett-Carnac – Bronze medal Med 3.png (112 ft 11.75 in (34.4361 m))

Boxing[edit]

  • 48 – 51 kg (flyweight) : Robert Maddern – eliminated
  • 51 – 54 kg (bantamweight): Robert Broadhurst – eliminated
  • 54 – 57 kg (featherweight): William Patterson – eliminated
  • 57 – 60 kg (lightweight): James E Barnden – eliminated
  • 64 – 69 kg (welterweight): James McIvor – eliminated
  • 71 – 75 kg (middleweight): James Beal – Silver medal Med 2.png
  • 75 – 81 kg (light-heavyweight): Christopher Rollinson – Silver medal Med 2.png
  • 81 – 91 kg (heavyweight): Frank Creagh – Gold medal Med 1.png

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

  • Road race – Men
Nick Carter – Silver medal Med 2.png (3h 13m 6.5s)
Malcolm Simpson – 6th in 1 Km Time trial
Edward Lambert – did not finish.

Track[edit]

  • Sprint – Men: Graham Avery – Bronze medal Med 3.png
  • 10 Mile – Men: Alan Dean – did not finish (fell 50 yds from finish)

Officials[edit]

  • Chef de Mission: Bill Holley
  • Athletics: Frank Sharpley (coach), James Barnes, J Meek, W N Connell (massage), Pearl Ellis (Chaperone)
  • Boxing: K A Neale (manager), Richard Dunn (trainer), A G Bates (massage)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dheensaw page 35-41
  • The Story of the British Empire Games, Auckland, New Zealand, 1950 (1950, official history by the Organising Committee)
  • The Commonwealth Games: The First 60 Years 1930–1990 by Cleve Dheensaw (1994, Hodder & Stoughton, Canada/New Zealand) ISBN 0-340-60002-0

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