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Aquatics In The Commonwealth Games

Aquatics consists of the disciplines of Swimming and Diving which have both been contested in every Games since they began in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada. Swimming and Para-Swimming are core disciplines at the Commonwealth Games while Diving is an optional discipline.

Since 2002 Para-Sport events for elite athletes with a disability have been included on the Aquatics programme with the events and classifications included varying from Games to Games.

Swimming is a core discipline in the Commonwealth Youth Games and must be included on the sports programme of every Games. Diving is an optional discipline for the Youth Games and has not yet been contested.

  • Core / Optional Core
  • Appearances In The Games 21
  • First Games Hamilton 1930
  • Most Recent Games Gold Coast 2018
Team Scotland’s Aquatics Medal Count:
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  • Total: 94
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Did You Know?

  • Aquatics is Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games sport ahead of Athletics and Boxing.

  • Peter Heatly is Scotland’s most successful athlete in Aquatics with three gold, one silver and one bronze in Diving, won between 1950 and 1958.

  • Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool is the only venue ever to be used at three Commonwealth Games.

  • At Gold Coast 2018, Duncan Scott became Scotland's most successful athlete at a single Games with six medals in the pool.

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Competition Format

Aquatics (Swimming and Diving) is one of the most competitive sports at the Commonwealth Games.

In Swimming there are five individual event categories – Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley with distances ranging from 50m -1500m and the competition usually takes place in a 50m pool. There are 19 events for men and 19 events for women, plus six Para-Sport events for men and six Para-Sport events for women.

In Diving there are five events for both men and women: 1m and 3m Springboard, 10m Platform, Synchronised 3m Springboard, Synchronised 10m Platform.

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Scotland's Aquatics Heroes

Sir Peter Heatly - Auckland 1950, Vancouver 1954 & Cardiff 1958

Representing Great Britain at the 1948 London Olympics and winning five Commonwealth Games medals for Scotland, including three gold, in Diving between 1950 and 1958, Sir Peter Heatly had a distinguished career as an athlete, culminating in his role as Scotland Team Captain at the 1958 Games. He remains Scotland's top performing Commonwealth Games athlete in Aquatics. His grandson James won bronze at Gold Coast 2018, Scotland's first diving medal since Sir Peter in 1958.

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Elenor Gordon - Auckland 1950 & Vancouver 1954

Scotland’s first ever female Commonwealth Games gold medallist with victory in the 220 yards Breaststroke in 1950, her triumph came at the age of just 16, also making her Scotland’s youngest ever gold medallist. With three gold and one bronze medal across two Games, she remains Team Scotland's most successful female athlete and top Commonwealth Games swimmer of all-time.

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David Wilkie - Edinburgh 1970 & Christchurch 1974

The only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic swimming titles at the same time, David won 200m Breaststroke bronze for Scotland at the Edinburgh 1970 Commonwealth Games at the age of 16 and announced himself on the global stage with silver in the same event two years later at the Olympic Games in Munich. Two gold and a silver at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games was followed by his greatest triumph as he won Olympic gold in world record time at Monteral 1976 in 200m Breaststroke, also taking silver in the 100m event.

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Duncan Scott - Glasgow 2014 & Gold Coast 2018

Winning six medals, Duncan was star of the pool at Gold Coast 2018, becoming Scotland’s most decorated athlete at a single Games and the first Scottish swimmer to win gold in the 100m Freestyle. He made his Games debut four years earlier at the age of 17, winning silver as part of the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay at Glasgow 2014. In addition to his seven Commonwealth Games medals he has two Olympic silver medals, two World titles and five European Championships titles to his name.

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