Sport Focus: 12 Things You Didn't Know About Aquatics

April 30, 2019

Team Scotland has a proud history in Aquatics at the Commonwealth Games with our swimmers and divers winning medals at every Games with the exception of 1978 and 1990. To round off our Sport Focus, here are 12 things you might not know about Aquatics at the Commonwealth Games:

1. Aquatics is Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games sport with an all-time medal total of 94 ahead of Athletics on 75 and Boxing on 65. This places Scotland 5th on the all-time Commonwealth Games Aquatics medal table behind Australia, Canada, England and South Africa.

2. Swimming is a core sport in the Commonwealth Games, meaning it must be included on the sports programme, while Diving, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming are optional sports. Despite Diving being an optional sport, it has been included, along with Swimming, at every Games since they began in 1930.

3. Peter Heatly is Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete in Aquatics with three gold, one silver and one bronze in Diving, won between 1950 and 1958. Grace Reid is Scotland’s only female Diving medallist to date with gold at Gold Coast 2018.

4. Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games swimmer is Elenor Gordon with three gold and one bronze medal won at the Auckland 1950 and Vancouver 1954 Games. David Carry is Scotland’s top male swimmer with two gold, two silver and one bronze won at Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010.

5. Gold Coast 2018 saw Duncan Scott become the most decorated Scottish athlete at a single Games as he claimed one gold, one silver and four bronze at the Gold Coast Aquatics Centre. His gold in the 100m Freestyle was Scotland’s first ever in this event.

6. Also at Gold Coast 2018, James Heatly won 1m Springboard bronze, Scotland’s first diving medal since his grandfather in 1958. Grace Reid then won gold in the same event for Scotland’s first diving gold for 60 years and a first ever medal in the women’s diving events.

7. Aquatics can claim Team Scotland’s youngest ever Commonwealth Games medallist with 13 year old Erraid Davies taking bronze in the Para-Sport SB9 100m Breaststroke at Glasgow 2014.

8. Synchronised Swimming has been included in the Commonwealth Games on seven occasions with Canada the top nation, winning all 15 gold medals contested. Scotland’s Lauren Smith won bronze at Delhi 2010 in the solo event.

9. 18 year old Scott McLay became Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Youth Games athlete in history, winning three gold, one silver and one bronze at Bahamas 2017. He has made an immediate step up into the senior team, winning bronze in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay at Gold Coast 2018.

10. Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool is the only venue ever to be used at three Commonwealth Games (1970, 1986 and 2014). It also hosted the Swimming events at the 2000 Commonwealth Youth Games.

11. The Butterfly stroke used to be considered only a legitimate variation of Breaststroke. At Sydney 1938, English swimmer John G Davies won the 220 yards Breaststroke event and broke the existing record by using what was later to become known as the Butterfly with the result that the record established by Davies was to stand until 1958.

12. The Edinburgh 1970 Games were the first to be measured in metres rather than yards. David Wilkie was Scotland’s only Aquatics medallist with bronze in the 200m Breaststroke. He went on to win two gold and a silver four years later in Christchurch and Olympic gold and silver at the Montreal 1976 Games.

Find out more about the sport in the Commonwealth Games on our dedicated Aquatics page and look out for our next sport focus as we profile each of the 25 sports to have participated since the Games began in 1930.

Join the club

Subscribe to our newsletter