New Zealand at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games

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New Zealand at the
1974 British Commonwealth Games
Flag of New Zealand.svg
CGF codeNZL
CGANew Zealand Olympic Committee
Websitewww.olympic.org.nz
in Christchurch, New Zealand
Competitors145
Flag bearerOpening: Warwick Nicholl
Closing:
Medals
Ranked 4th
Gold
9
Silver
8
Bronze
18
Total
35
Officials33
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New Zealand (abbreviated NZL) had a team of 145 competitors and 33 officials to the 1974 British Commonwealth Games, which were held at Christchurch, New Zealand. Warwick Nicholl was the flagbearer at the opening ceremony. The theme song was "Join Together" by Steve Allen.

Venue[edit]

10th British Commonwealth Games
1974 British Commonwealth Games logo.svg
Host cityChristchurch, New Zealand
Nations participating38 Nations of the Commonwealth
Athletes participating1276
Events121 events in 10 sports
Opening ceremony24 January
Closing ceremony2 February
Main venueQEII Park

The games, which became known as "the friendly games", were held in Christchurch, New Zealand. The main venue was QEII Park.

The games marked the beginning of colour television broadcasts in New Zealand. The trademark logo of these Games served as the 'benchmark' design for logo designs for subsequent Games, up to 1998.[citation needed]

Medals[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze Total
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 9 8 18 35


New Zealand was fourth in the medal table in 1974.

Gold[edit]

Athletics

1st, gold medalist(s) Robin Tait — Men's Discus Throw
1st, gold medalist(s) Dick Tayler — Men's 10000 m

Lawn bowls

1st, gold medalist(s) David Baldwin, Kerry Clark, John Somerville, and Gordon Jolly — Men's Fours

Shooting

1st, gold medalist(s) Maurice Gordon — Full bore rifle

Swimming

1st, gold medalist(s) Jaynie Parkhouse — Women's 800 m Freestyle
1st, gold medalist(s) Mark Treffers — Men's 400 m Individual Medley

Weightlifting

1st, gold medalist(s) Tony Ebert — Men's 75 kg
1st, gold medalist(s) Graham May — Men's 110 kg

Wrestling

1st, gold medalist(s) David Aspin — Men's Freestyle (82 kg)

Silver[edit]

Athletics

2nd, silver medalist(s) John Walker — Men's 1500 metres
2nd, silver medalist(s) Valerie Young — Women's Shot Put
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jack Foster — Men's Marathon
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sue Haden — Women's 800 metres

Boxing

2nd, silver medalist(s) William Byrne — Men's Light-Heavyweight

Swimming

2nd, silver medalist(s) Mark Treffers — Men's 1500 m Freestyle

Weightlifting

2nd, silver medalist(s) Brian Marsden — Men's 90 kg
2nd, silver medalist(s) John Bolton — Men's 110 kg

Bronze[edit]

Athletics

3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Walker — Men's 800 metres
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bevan Smith — Men's 200 metres

Boxing

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Robert Colley — Men's Lightweight
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Les Rackley — Men's Middleweight
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lance Revill — Men's Light-Middleweight

Lawn bowls

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Robert McDonald and Phil Skoglund — Men's Pairs

Cycling

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Philip Harland and Paul Medhurst — Men's Track Tandem Sprint
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Paul Brydon, Russell Nant, Blair Stockwell, and René Heyde — Men's Track Team Pursuit (4000 m)

Shooting

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bruce McMillan — Men's 25 m Rapid Fire Pistol

Swimming

3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Coutts — Men's 200 m Butterfly
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Susan Hunter — Women's 200 m Individual Medley
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Susan Hunter — Women's 400 m Individual Medley
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jaynie Parkhouse — Women's 400 m Freestyle

Weightlifting

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Rory Barrett — Men's 110 kg
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Brian Duffy — Men's 60 kg
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bruce Cameron — Men's 67.5 kg

Wrestling

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gary Knight — Men's Freestyle (+ 100 kg)
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gordon Mackay — Men's Freestyle (74 kg)

New Zealand Team[edit]

New Zealanders Jane and Rebecca Perrott swam for Fiji at the games, as their father was Registrar at the University of the South Pacific. At 12½ Rebecca was the youngest competitor at the games.[1]

Television[edit]

The Games were the first major event to be televised after the introduction of colour television to New Zealand in November 1973. However, due to the NZBC's limited colour facilities, only athletics, swimming, and boxing were broadcast in colour. The National Film Unit produced Games '74, a feature-length documentary in colour of the games. This has since been restored and is available on DVD.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Official History of the Xth British Commonwealth Games edited by A. R. Cant (2004, Christchurch)
  • The Commonwealth Games: the first 60 years 1930-1990 by Cleve Dheensaw (1994, Hodder & Stoughton, Canada/New Zealand) ISBN 0-340-60002-0
  1. ^ Wellington’s swim queen in The Wellingtonian, 21 March 2013 p12

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