VI British Empire and Commonwealth Games
1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games poster.jpg
Original poster for the Games
Host cityCardiff, Wales
Nations participating35
Athletes participating1122
Opening ceremony18 July 1958
Closing ceremony26 July 1958
Officially opened byPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Queen's Baton Final RunnerKen Jones
Main venueCardiff Arms Park
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The 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games (Welsh: Gemau Ymerodraeth Prydain a'r Gymanwlad 1958) were held in Cardiff, Wales, from 18–26 July 1958.

Thirty-five nations sent a total of 1,130 athletes and 228 officials to the Cardiff Games and 23 countries and dependencies won medals, including, for the first time, Singapore, Ghana, Kenya and the Isle of Man.

The Cardiff Games introduced the Queen's Baton Relay, which has been conducted as a prelude to every British Empire and Commonwealth Games ever since.


Postage stamp
Postage stamp

The British Empire and Commonwealth Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies, were held at the Cardiff Arms Park in the centre Cardiff. A new Wales Empire Pool was constructed for the event. The Sophia Gardens Pavilion was used for the boxing and wrestling events, and Maindy Stadium was used for track cycling. 178,000 tickets were eventually sold during the Games.[1][2] Rowing took place on Llyn Padarn in Llanberis.

Participating teams

Countries that participated
Countries that participated

36 countries and territories[3] were represented (and 1,100 athletes),[4] being the largest number to date, with a significant number of teams competing for the first time at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

At Cardiff Arms Park, an anti-apartheid crowd protested at the all-white South African team; games organisers responded that non-white South Africans were ineligible as their associations were not affiliated to the international federations.[5] South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961 and next appeared at the Games in 1994.[4]

(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).

Participating Commonwealth countries and territories

Medals by country

  *   Host nation (Wales)

1 England (ENG)29222980
2 Australia (AUS)27221766
3 South Africa (SAF)1310831
4 Scotland (SCO)55313
5 New Zealand (NZL)46919
6 Jamaica (JAM)4217
7 Pakistan (PAK)35210
8 India (IND)2103
9 Singapore (SIN)2002
10 Canada (CAN)1101627
11 Wales (WAL)*13711
12 Northern Ireland (NIR)1135
13 Bahama Islands (BAH)1102
Barbados (BAR)1102
15 Malaya (MAL)0202
16 Nigeria (NGR)0112
17 British Guiana (BGU)0101
 Uganda (UGA)0101
19 Kenya (KEN)0022
Southern Rhodesia (SRH)0022
 Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)0022
22 Ghana (GHA)0011
 Isle of Man (IOM)0011
Northern Rhodesia (NRH)0011
Totals (24 entries)9494105293

Medals by event


Main article: Athletics at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games


Main article: Lawn Bowls at the 1958 British Empire & Commonwealth Games


Boxing Events were at Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight Men  Jackie Brown (SCO)  Tommy Bache (ENG)  Peter Lavery (NIR)
 Donald Braithwaite (WAL)
Bantamweight Men  Howard Winstone (WAL)  Oliver "Frankie" Taylor (AUS)  Olfred Owen (SCO)
 Richard Hanna (NIR)
Featherweight Men  Wally Taylor (AUS)  Malcolm Collins (WAL)  Gert Coetzee (SAF)
 John McClory (NIR)
Lightweight Men  Dick McTaggart (SCO)  James Jordan (NIR)  Johnny Cooke (ENG)
 Paddy Donovan (NZL)
Light Welterweight Men  Henry Loubscher (SAF)  Robert Kane (SCO)  Joey Jacobs (ENG)
 Raymond Galante (CAN)
Welterweight Men  Joseph Greyling (SAF)  Thomas Kawere (UGA)  Robert Dickson Scott (SCO)
 Brian Nancurvis (ENG)
Light Middleweight Men  Grant Webster (SAF)  Stuart Pearson (ENG)  James Arthur Walters (CAN)
 Bill Brown (WAL)
Middleweight Men  Terry Milligan (NIR)  Philippus du Plessis (SAF)  Robert Piau (CAN)
 Johnny Caiger (ENG)
Light Heavyweight Men  Tony Madigan (AUS)  Robert Higgins (WAL)  William Bannon (SCO)
 Gerhardus Jacobus De Bruyn (SAF)
Heavyweight Men  Daniel Bekker (SAF)  David Thomas (ENG)  Roger Pleace (WAL)
 Gbadegesin Salawu (NGR)



The track cycling events were held at the Maindy Stadium in Cardiff.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial Men  Neville Tong (ENG) 00:01:12  Warren Scarfe (AUS) 00:01:12  Warwick Dalton (NZL) 00:01:13
Sprint Men  Dick Ploog (AUS)  Karl Barton (ENG)  Lloyd Binch (ENG)
Individual Pursuit Men  Norman Sheil (ENG) 00:05:10  Tom Simpson (ENG) 00:05:11  Warwick Dalton (NZL) 00:05:15
10 Miles Scratch Men  Ian Browne (AUS) 00:21:40  Warren Johnston (NZL)  Don Skene (WAL)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Road Race Men  Ray Booty (ENG) 05:16:34  Frank Brazier (AUS) 05:19:22  Stuart Slack (IOM) 05:19:22


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Foil Men  Raymond Paul (ENG)  Ivan Lund (AUS)  René Paul (ENG)
Foil - Team Men  England (ENG)
Raymond Paul
René Paul
Harold Cooke
 Australia (AUS)
Brian McCowage
Michael Sichel
Ivan Lund
 Wales (WAL)
John McCombe
John Evans
Roger Maunder
Épée Men  Bill Hoskyns (ENG)  Mike Howard (ENG)  Allan Jay (ENG)
Épée - Team Men  England (ENG)
Bill Hoskyns
Allan Jay
Mike Howard
 Canada (CAN)
Carl Schwende
John Andru
Roland Asselin
 Australia (AUS)
David Francis Doyle
Ivan Lund
John Simpson
Sabre Men  Bill Hoskyns (ENG)  Ralph Cooperman (ENG)  Mike Amberg (ENG)
Sabre - Team Men  England (ENG)
Mike Amberg
Ralph Cooperman
Bill Hoskyns
Eugene Verebes
 Australia (AUS)
Alexander Martonffy
Ivan Lund
Michael Sichel
 Wales (WAL)
John Preston
Malcolm Kerslake
Roger Maunder
T.R. Lucas
Foil Women  Gillian Sheen (ENG)  Barbara McCreath (AUS)  Mary Glen-Haig (ENG)


The rowing events were held on Llyn Padarn in Llanberis.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single Sculls Men  Stuart Mackenzie (AUS) 7:20  James Hill (NZL) 7:24  Russell Carver (ENG) 7:27
Double Sculls Men  Mike Spracklen
Geoffrey Baker (ENG)
6:54  Mervyn Wood
Stuart Mackenzie (AUS)
7:01  Norm Suckling
James Hill (NZL)
+0.75 lgths
Coxless pair Men  Bob Parker
Reg Douglas (NZL)
7:11  Jonathan Hall
Stewart Douglas-Mann (ENG)
7:14  Stephen Roll
Kevyn Webb (AUS)
Coxless four Men  Roger Pope
Keith Shackell
David Young
Creighton Redman (ENG)
6:34  Glen Smith
Malcolm Turnbull
Richard McClure
John Madden (CAN)
6:39  David Edwards
John Fage
David Prichard
John Edwards (WAL)
Coxed four Men  Colin Porter
John Vigurs
Simon Crosse
Michael Beresford
Richard Gabriel (ENG)
6:46  Donald Arnold
Walter D'Hondt
David Helliwell
Lawrence Stapleton
Sohen Biln (CAN)
6:53  Graeme Allen
Ralfe Currall
Kevin Evans
Lionel Robberds
Roland Waddington (AUS)
Eights Men  Archibald MacKinnon (CAN)
Donald Arnold
Wayne Pretty
Glen Mervyn
Walter D'Hondt
Lorne Loomer
Robert Wilson
Sohen Biln
Bill McKerlich
5:51  Bruce Leonard Evans (AUS)
Graeme Keith Allen
Kenneth Philip Railton
Kevin John Evans
Lionel Robberds
Neville John Clinton
Ralfe Raymond Currall
Roland Peter Waddington
Victor Albert Schweikert
5:56  Tony Hancox (ENG)
Don Elliot
Dennis Mount
Hilali Wober
John A Stephenson
Felix Badcock
J. P. M. Thomson
Dick Workman
Raymond Penney


Swimming events were held at the Wales Empire Pool in Cardiff.

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
110 yd freestyle  John Devitt (AUS) 56.6  Gary Chapman (AUS) 56.6  Geoff Shipton (AUS) 57.0
440 yd freestyle  John Konrads (AUS) 4:25.9  Ian Black (SCO) 4:28.5  Gary Winram (AUS) 4:32.4
1650 yd freestyle  John Konrads (AUS) 17:45.4  Gary Winram (AUS) 18:17.2  Murray McLachlan (SAF) 18:19.2
110 yd backstroke  John Monckton (AUS) 1:01.7  John Hayres (AUS) 1:03.5  Robert Wheaton (CAN) 1:06.5
220 yd breaststroke  Terry Gathercole (AUS) 2:41.6  Peter Rocchi (SAF) 2:44.9  Chris Walkden (ENG) 2:47.3
220 yd butterfly  Ian Black (SCO) 2:22.6  Graham Symonds (ENG) 2:25.5  Brian Wilkinson (AUS) 2:31.0
4×220 yd freestyle relay  Australia (AUS)
Gary Chapman
Brian Wilkinson
John Konrads
John Devitt
8:33.4  Scotland (SCO)
Athole Still
Ian Black
James Leiper
Bob Sreenan
8:54.2  Canada (CAN)
Kenneth Williams
Peter Bell
Cam Grout
William Slater
4×110 yd medley relay  Australia (AUS)
Gary Chapman
John Monckton
John Devitt
Terry Gathercole
4:14.2  Canada (CAN)
George Park
Kenneth Williams
Peter Bell
Bob Wheaton
4:26.3  England (ENG)
Christopher Walkden
Graham Sykes
Graham Symonds
Neil McKechnie

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
110 yd freestyle  Dawn Fraser (AUS) 1:01.4  Lorraine Crapp (AUS) 1:03.8  Alva Colquhoun (AUS) 1:04.0
440 yd freestyle  Ilsa Konrads (AUS) 4:49.4  Dawn Fraser (AUS) 5:00.8  Lorraine Crapp (AUS) 5:06.7
110 yd backstroke  Judy Grinham (ENG) 1:11.9  Margaret Edwards (ENG) 1:12.6  Philippa Gould (NZL) 1:13.7
220 yd breaststroke  Anita Lonsbrough (ENG) 2:53.5  Jackie Dyson (ENG) 2:58.2  Christine Gosden (ENG) 2:58.4
110 yd butterfly  Beverley Bainbridge (AUS) 1:13.5  Tessa Staveley (NZL) 1:14.4  Margaret Iwasaki (CAN) 1:15.9
4×110 yd freestyle relay  Australia (AUS)
Alva Colquhoun
Dawn Fraser
Lorraine Crapp
Sandra Morgan
4:17.4  Canada (CAN)
Gladys Priestley
Margaret Iwasaki
Susan Sangster
Sara Barber
4:30.0  England (ENG)
Beryl Noakes
Diana Wilkinson
Judy Grinham
Anne Marshall
4×110 yd medley relay  England (ENG)
Judy Grinham
Anita Lonsbrough
Christine Gosden
Diana Wilkinson
4:54.0  Australia (AUS)
Alva Colquhoun
Barbara Evans
Beverley Bainbridge
Gergaynia Beckett
4:55.1  Canada (CAN)
Gladys Priestley
Irene Service
Margaret Iwasaki
Sara Barber


Diving events were held at the Wales Empire Pool in Cardiff.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 Metres Springboard Diving Men  Keith Collin (ENG) 126.78  Bill Patrick (CAN) 124.62  Peter Tarsey (ENG) 118.81
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Diving Men  Peter Heatly (SCO) 147.79  Brian Phelps (ENG) 144.49  Ray Cann (ENG) 138.5
3 Metres Springboard Diving Women  Charmain Welsh (ENG) 118.81  Irene MacDonald (CAN) 117.01  Liz Ferris (ENG) 113.3
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Diving Women  Charmain Welsh (ENG) 77.23  Ann Long (ENG) 73.69  Molly Wieland (ENG) 65.82


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Bantamweight - Overall Men  Reginald Gaffley (SAF) 299  Ronald Brownbill (ENG) 285.5  Marcel Gosselin (CAN) 274
Featherweight - Overall Men  Tan Ser Cher (SIN) 310.5  Chung Kum Weng (MAS) 306  Rodney Wilkes (TRI) 304
Lightweight - Overall Men  Tan Howe Liang (SIN) 358  Harry Webber (SAF) 340  Ben Helfgott (ENG) 340
Middleweight - Overall Men  Blair Blenman (BAR) 360.5  Winston McArthur (BGU) 360.5  Adrian Gilbert (CAN) 356
Light Heavyweight - Overall Men  Phil Caira (SCO) 396.5  Sylvanus Blackman (BAR) 385.5  Jack Kestell (SAF) 385.5
Middle Heavyweight - Overall Men  Manny Santos (AUS) 403.5  Tan Kim Bee (MAS) 392  Leonard Treganowan (AUS) 378.5
Heavyweight - Overall Men  Ken McDonald (ENG) 455.5  Dave Baillie (CAN) 446.5  Arthur Shannos (AUS) 394.5


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight Men  Ian Epton (SAF)  Shujah-ud-Din (PAK)  Fred Flannery (CAN)
Bantamweight Men  Muhammad Akhtar (PAK)  Geoff Jameson (AUS)  Daniel van der Walt (SAF)
Featherweight Men  Abraham Geldenhuys (SAF)  Siraj-ud-Din (PAK)  Albert Aspen (ENG)
Lightweight Men  Muhammad Ashraf (PAK)  Alastair Duncan (SCO)  Anthony Ries (SAF)
Welterweight Men  Muhammad Bashir (PAK)  Lachmi Kant Pandey (IND)  Coenraad de Villiers (SAF)
Middleweight Men  Hermanus van Zyl (SAF)  George Farquhar (SCO)  Ray Myland (ENG)
Light Heavyweight Men  Jacob Theron (SAF)  Muhammad Ali (PAK)  Bob Steckle (CAN)
Heavyweight Men  Lila Ram Sangwan (IND)  Jacobus Hanekom (SAF)  Ray Mitchell (AUS)


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