17th September 2015

Sir Peter Heatly CBE DL 1924-2015

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our Patron, Sir Peter Heatly CBE DL.

For over 65 years Sir Peter has been central to Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) and the Commonwealth Games family worldwide making an immense contribution to sport, and in particular, the Commonwealth Games movement in Scotland and beyond.

As an athlete he represented Great Britain at the 1948 London Olympics and won five Commonwealth Games medals for Scotland including three gold in Diving between 1950 and 1958.

In 1958 he was the Scotland Team Captain, and as an administrator, he then filled every role for the Scottish Team from Team Manager through to Chef de Mission. He attended every Games from 1950 through to the Glasgow 2014 Games when they returned to Scotland.

Sir Peter was a central figure on the Organising Committee of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, serving as Chairman of CGS and later of the Commonwealth Games Federation, later becoming a CGF Life Vice President. Sir Peter was also Chairman of the Scottish Sports Council (now sportscotland) and an inaugural inductee of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2013 the family of Sir Peter kindly donated a trophy which since 2014 has been awarded to the outstanding Young Sportsperson of the year from a Commonwealth Games sport. This will be presented again at the CGS Awards Dinner on the 3rd October, a fitting tribute to an outstanding man, sportsman and sports administrator.

Paul Bush OBE, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our Patron, Sir Peter Heatly CBE DL.

“Legend can be can overused word, but not in the case of Sir Peter. He was a real inspiration to all who met him. After first excelling in the pool, he was a real driving force in bringing the Commonwealth Games to Edinburgh on two occasions and then a great supporter of the Glasgow 2014 Games, where he took huge pride in watching his grandson James dive as part of Team Scotland.

“Our thoughts are with his family and many friends throughout the Commonwealth at this time and we share the family’s pride in all he has achieved.”

A Celebration of Life for Sir Peter Heatly CBE DL will be held at Colinton Parish Church, Dell Road, Edinburgh EH13 0JR, at 3.00pm on Friday 2 October 2015.

Thereafter there will be Refreshments and Reminiscing at The Royal Commonwealth Pool, 21 Duddingston Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BB from approx 4.15pm.