1930 British Empire Games

The city of Hamilton proved a gracious first host of the Commonwealth Games movement and is as important to it as Athens is to the Olympics. Then called the British Empire Games, the sociological, cultural and political makeup of the Commonwealth Movement has altered substantially since 1930.

The inaugural Games was utilitarian and very down to earth, proving that more doesn't necessarily mean better. The athletes' village was the Prince of Wales School next to the Civic Stadium, where the competitors slept two dozen to a classroom. Despite missing some basic comforts, the participants were unanimous in their praise for the Games and Hamilton's hospitality.

Eleven countries sent a total of about 400 athletes to the Hamilton Games. Women competed in only the swimming events. The participant nations were Australia, Bermuda, British Guiana, Canada, England, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.

The Hamilton Games featured six sports: track and field, boxing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving, and wrestling and ran at a cost of $97,973.00.

 
Medal Tally of 1930 British Empire Games

S.No.
Nation
Medals
     Gold
      Silver
       Bronze
     Total
1
Australia
3
4
1
8
2
Bermuda
-
-
-
-
3
Canada
20
15
19
54
4
England
25
23
13
61
5
Guyana
-
1
1
2
6
New Zealand
3
4
2
9
7
Newfoundland
-
-
-
-
8
Northern Ireland
-
1
-
1
9
Scotland
2
3
5
10
10
South Africa
6
4
7
17
11
Wales
-
2
1
3
Total
59
57
49
165