Sir Peter Heatly, Patron of Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) until his passing in 2015, has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).
Nine members of Sir Peter’s family attended an ‘Honoree Enshrinement Dinner’ in Santa Clara, California on Saturday 29 October, hosted by Olympic gold medallist Agnes Kovacs of Hungary and multiple Olympic champion and world record holder John Naber of the USA.
Representing Great Britain at the 1948 London Olympics and winning five CommonwealthGamesmedals for Scotland including three gold in Diving between 1950 and 1958, Sir Peter had a distinguished career as an athlete culminating in his role as Scotland Team Captain at the1958Games.
In a lifelong association with Scotland’s Commonwealth Games team, he went on to fill rolesfromTeam Manager to Chef de Mission, attending every Games from 1950 through to the Glasgow 2014 Games.
Sir Peter was a central figure on the Organising Committee of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in E
dinburgh, serving as Chairman of CGS and later of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Appointed 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. He was awardeda CBE in 1971 and knighted in 1990.
Heatly’s son Peter collected the ISHOF award on stage from 1964 Olympic champion SteveClark of USA. Following the induction ceremony he said:
“I had the honour, privilege and pleasure to receive the award on behalf of Dad as he was inducted posthumously as an ‘Honor Contributor’ into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
“President/CEO Bruce Wigo and his colleagues put on a very successful number of events over a memorable weekend. As a family we are very proud to have been there and it was a fitting tribute for Dad.”