About Brisbane 1982
The Brisbane Games are still hailed as one of the very best. Everything went so well from the moment Matilda, a 13-metre mechanical kangaroo, helped out with the opening ceremony. Once again, a boycott was avoided and the sun shone throughout the duration of the XII Games.
After facing the possibility of a much reduced team size due to the cost of travel to these the first Games in Australia since Perth in 1962, the national fundraising programme led by Stewart Coghill resulted in a team of the original size doing Scotland proud.
Hosts, Australia headed the medal table leading the way ahead of England, Canada, Scotland and New Zealand respectively. The Brisbane Games saw an impressive 26 medals won, equalling the best ever Scottish performance at that time and including a record number of eight gold medals. This was particularly meritorious considering the seasonal changes and distance from Scotland.
- No. Sports 10
- No. Countries 46
- No. Athletes 1,583
- Gold Medals Awarded 142
- Official Mascot Matilda (Kangaroo)
Team Scotland’s Brisbane 1982 Medal Count:View Medallists
- Total: 26
Did You Know?
Former Scottish Diving gold medallist and team Chef-de Mission Peter Heatly was elected during the Games to the position of Commonwealth Games Federation President.