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

November 19, 2017

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 83 ahead of Athletics on 70 and Boxing on 63. This places Scotland 5th on the all-time Commonwealth Games Aquatics medal table behind Australia, Canada, England and South Africa.

2. Australia have topped the Swimming medal table at the Commonwealth Games on all but four occasions, the most recent being 1978 when Games hosts Canada came out on top.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games swimmer is David Carry with two gold, two silver and one bronze won at the Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010 Games. Hannah Miley is Scotland’s top female swimmer with two gold and a bronze. She will go for a third successive gold in the 400m Individual Medley at Gold Coast 2018.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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 and will represent Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018.

9. Swimming and Diving at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place at the Gold Coast Aquatics Centre which has been redeveloped for the Games with a new 50m, 10 lane pool for competition. The original 50m pool will become the warm up pool in Games mode.

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. 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 stroke. At the time it was merely regarded as a legitimate variation of the Breaststroke 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.

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 sports on the Gold Coast 2018 programme.

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