The 1930 British Empire Games were the inaugural edition of what now is known as the Commonwealth Games, and were held in Hamilton, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from 16–23 August 1930. The games were organized by ''Hamilton Spectator'' sportswriter Melville Marks Robinson, Bobby Robinson after he attended the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam as manager of the Canadian track and field team and was inspired to create a similar event for the British Empire. After campaigning for the idea among contacts he met at the Olympics, he was asked to organise the first British Empire Games in Hamilton. The events included Athletics (sport), athletics, boxing, lawn bowling, lawn bowls, Rowing (sport), rowing, swimming (sport), swimming, and wrestling. Women competed only in aquatic events. The opening ceremonies and many events were held at Civic Stadium (later renamed Ivor Wynne Stadium) in east Hamilton. The games were opened by the Governor General of Canada, Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, Lord Willingdon on 16 August. Canadian triple jumper Gordon Smallacombe would claim a few hours later the debut gold medal.


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Participating teams

There were 11 teams participating in these inaugural British Empire Games: * * * * * * * * * * *

Medal table


Notable venues include: * Prince of Wales Public School - Male Accommodation * Royal Connaught Hotel - Female Accommodation * Ivor Wynne Stadium, Civic Stadium - Athletics, Opening and Closing ceremonies * Hamilton Municipal Pool - Aquatics


External links

"Hamilton 1930"
''Thecgf.com''. Commonwealth Games Federation.
"Results and Medalists—1930 British Empire Games"
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