About Edmonton 1978
The XI Games was the first to bear the current day name of the Commonwealth Games.
Whilst Edmonton had won the right to host the Games six years earlier, the organisers had to walk a careful tightrope in the immediate run up to the Edmonton Games to ensure that there was no repeat of the African nations’ boycott of the 1976 Montreal Olympics caused by a New Zealand rugby tour of South Africa.
The Scottish contingent that travelled to Canada in 1978 was the largest that had ever been sent abroad, consisting of 100 competitors and 25 officials. The entire team flew direct to Edmonton by charter flight.
The standard of the facilities at the Games Village proved to be excellent, though due to the huge number of competitors that attended, the accommodation was a little cramped, however a friendly and cheerful atmosphere prevailed throughout the Games.
- No. Sports 10
- No. Countries 46
- No. Athletes 1,474
- Gold Medals Awarded 128
- Official Mascot Kayano (Grizzly Bear)
Team Scotland’s Edmonton 1978 Medal Count:View Medallists
- Total: 14
Did You Know?
Kayano the Grizzly Bear, official mascot of Edmonton 1978, was the first mascot in Commonwealth Games history.
Gymnastics also made its debut on the programme.