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TEAM CANADA

 

THE VALUE OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

to Canadian athletes and Canada's sport system

 

Measurable, Evidence Based Facts ....

CSC's Mission, in part, is to support Canada's athletes to achieve excellence at Olympic Games:

 

Commonwealth Athletes on the Olympic Team

Olympic Medals Won by Canada

Olympic Medals Won in Commonwealth Sports

Olympic Medals Won by Commonwealth Athletes

Beijing 2008

108 of 334 (33%)

20

9 (45%)

9 (45%), 4 M / 5 W

London 2012

97 of 279 (35%)

18

10 (55%)

9 (50%) 4 M / 5 W

Rio 2016

130 of 313 (42%)

22

17 (77%)

14 (63%) 5 M / 9 W

And the strong correlation continues with three quarters of Canada's 2020 Olympic Games medals won in Commonwealth sports, by Commonwealth athletes:

Tokyo 2020

124 of 371 (33%)

24

18 (75%)

16 (66%) 6 M/10 W

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“I won gold when I was 13 in Kuala Lumpur (1998 Commonwealth Games) … 

it was my first big games, the beginning of my career, it was very special and an experience I’ll remember all my life.” 
Alex Despatie, Commonwealth & Olympic Champion Diver

Ryan Cochrane
Swimming

Pamela Ware / Jennifer Abel Synchronized Diving

Ellie Black
Gymnastics

   
Erica Weibe
Wrestling
   

EXCEPTIONAL "CANADIANS" AT THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

1930 British Empire Games - Hamilton, ON
Gordon Smallacombe

First ever Gold Medal at the British Empire Games

Gordon “Spike” Smallacombe of Toronto won gold for Canada in the Men’s Triple Jump - then known as the “Hop, Step and Jump”. His winning jump measured 48 ft 5 in (14.76 m) and was a new Canadian record. Smallacombe’s victory also earned him a place in the record books as the very first gold medal winner at the British Empire Games.

1966 Commonwealth Games - Jamaica
Elaine Tanner “Mighty Mouse” – 15 years old
Made history winning a record 7 Medals:  4 GOLD, 3 SILVER

Elaine Tanner was the first athlete in history to win quad gold at any Commonwealth Games and was awarded the most outstanding athlete in Jamaica.  She also set two World Records; on in the 220 Butterfly and another in the 440 Individual Medley.  To read Elaine's story:  www.ElaineTanner.ca

World Record Butterfly, 1966 Jamaica

1978 Commonwealth Games – Edmonton, AB
Graham Smith – 20 years old
First competitor to win 6 GOLD medals at a single Commonwealth Games

Winning the 100- and 200-metre breaststroke, 200- and 400-metre individual medleys, and was part of the winning 4x100-metre freestyle and 4x100-metre medley relay teams. Graham Smith twice broke the world record in the men's 200-metre individual medley (long course)

     

2006 Commonwealth Games – Melbourne
Alexandra Orlando –  
Rhythmic Gymnastics

Winning 6 GOLD medals

2014 Commonwealth Games - Glasgow
Patricia Bezzoubenko – 17 years old
Rhythmic Gymnastics

Winning 5 GOLD and 1 BRONZE medals