|Host city||Hamilton, Ontario, Canada|
|Opening ceremony||16 August|
|Closing ceremony||23 August|
|Officially opened by||Lord Willingdon|
|Athlete's Oath||Percy Williams|
|Main venue||Civic Stadium|
The 1930 British Empire Games were the inaugural edition of what now is known as the Commonwealth Games, and were held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from 16 to 23 August 1930.
The games were organized by Hamilton Spectator sportswriter Bobby Robinson after he attended the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam as manager of the Canadian track and field team and was inspired to create a similar event for the British Empire. After campaigning for the idea among contacts he met at the Olympics, he was asked to organise the first British Empire Games in Hamilton.
The events included athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming, and wrestling. Women competed only in aquatic events. The opening ceremonies and many events were held at Civic Stadium (later renamed Ivor Wynne Stadium) in east Hamilton.
The games were opened by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Willingdon on 16 August. Canadian triple jumper Gordon Smallacombe would claim a few hours later the debut gold medal.
There were 11 teams participating in these inaugural British Empire Games:
|Totals (9 nations)||59||57||49||165|
Notable venues include: