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Commonwealth Games Scrapbook: Share your magic moments 1930-Glasgow

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So, every time the Com Games come around it becomes the cool thing to knock them and say they have no place in our current sporting calendar.

The Games have a history stretching back to 1930, so many amazing moments.

So here's a place to contribute some of your all time favourite moments and memories.

They may be photos, sports triumphs, controversial moments, ceremonies etc etc.

Just to kick things off..

Christchurch 74

Odd how this twee and leafy city on the South Island of New Zealand could produce such a vivid and amazing set of design elements for these 10th British Commonwealth Games.

From the clever and timeless logo, right through to the stylish jumpsuits for the medals ceremonies.

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Delhi 2010 Netball Final

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One of the most amazing sporting contests, the double extra time win by New Zealand against Australia was yet another fantastic netball match between the two rivals.

Looking forward to this being resumed in Glasgow.

Brisbane 82: Matilda

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Matilda winking to the crowd and disgorging trampolinists from her pouch. We won't mention Rolf welcoming us to the Games.

Auckland 1990: Danny Boy

During the boxing competition as Wayne McCullough stood waiting for the Northern Irish anthem which did not come due to a stuck tape, it was an official who got hold of the microphone and made sure he had his victory ceremony.

Manchester 2002: Common Wealth

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As a ceremonies nut, the central Common Wealth segment of the closing ceremony in Manchester is one of my favourite ceremonies moments of all time. Through from the lanterns right to the Seek Peace, it was so well done, and in pretty awful weather.

- Dick Tayler: the 10K winner in Christchurch 74, ignited the home crowd for those Games of Christchurch

- Roger Bannister and John Landy in the *miracle mile* in Vancouver 54

- Ian Thorpe starts his pool dominance in KL98

- Sevens: every time the All Blacks Sevens win the tournament and do a shirts off boys Haka. :D

So many amazing moments.

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Victoria 1994 - Cathy carries the flags

Cathy Freeman bursts onto the world stage, winning Gold in the 200m and 400m at Victoria (after relay gold in Auckland). Her victory laps with the Australian and Aboriginal flags, and her subsequent feuds with Australian CGF chief Arthur Tunstall (he was always such a part of the games for us Aussies - mostly as the pompous figure of fun and ridicule), have gone down as part of Australian Commonwealth games and sporting legend - and our own social history. Her win and gesture of flying the flags helped stir debate, raise awareness and win sympathy for the Aboriginal cause at a time Australia was still grappling with its feelings about the issues confronting our first inhabitants.

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and while I'm sure none o us personally remember it:

1954 Vancouver - The Miracle Mile

At the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the men's mile run competition – dubbed The Miracle Mile – represented a landmark in the history of the Four-minute mile. England's Roger Bannister had been the first to have broken the barrier earlier that year, but Australia's John Landy followed soon after with sub-4 minute (and world record time) of his own. The games offered the first time that two sub-4 minute runners had duelled against each other. Landy led until the final curve, at which point he turned to gauge Bannister's position. Bannister took the opportunity to overtake him on his blind side and he edged out a victory over Landy with a time of 3:58.8 minutes. Landy also ran under four minutes, representing the first time two men had done so in the same race.

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A sculpture of the race-deciding moment was later placed outside the stadium in memory of the duel.

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I watched this on the CBC site today:

Kerryn McCann winning gold in the marathon in 2006. It actually gave me goosebumps, and I'm not even an Aussie. What a crowd in that stadium.

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When you're younger, the Commonwealths seemed bigger...It was after 1990 when I sort of realised the Olympics were the pinnacle of global sport. Still some great moments to be had...for a New Zealand point of view.

Christchurch 1974...Of the three hostings for New Zealand, the most iconic and most loved in memory. This was when the CWGs were a very big deal in the cold war battle of sports supremacy. Surprisingly Christchurch got the games at the beginning of the end of the socialist era in NZ. Building QEII Park, modeled on an all in one East Germany sports facility design, a stroke of genius and literally cut ground on a few weeks after being awarded the games in Edinburgh. Still the smallest city to host the games (at the time). John Walker v Fil Bayi, Janie Parkhouse, Precious McKenzie (Eng) lifting three times his weight and the unforgettable Richard "Dick" Taylor and his 10000m run to victory. It's all gone now, literally, but memories remain.

Brisbane 1982...Yet another QEII stadium, then...Our school had a miniture CWGs going as well. No Olympics thanks to the dictator running the collapsing NZ at tbe time so Brizzy really took on more meaning for the hunger of decent multi sports competition.

The opening Ceremony in high winds, Matilda winking at everyone stealing the show and er, Rolf Harris, entertaining everyone.

A very successful games and a benchmark that couldn't be bettered in pomp and ceremony until 1990.

Edinburgh 1986...sadly we know this was the end of the CWGs as a major benchmark event, the Boycott era's final victim. At least they still went ahead and bravely taken on by default in an already downcast and disillusioned Scotland the Brave.

Auckland 1990...New Zealand turned on it's head from fortress to free market economy with tremendous social upheavals still recovering to this very day. Auckland won the hosting rights in 1984 right on the total collapse of the NZ economy. Recovered enough in time to host what the the rest of NZ thought were "those Auckland" games. Part of the even more dismal Sesquitennial celebrations.

Still...the biggest claim to fame was it's then Olympics sized Opening Ceremony, the first CWGs night ceremony, the near entire format copied by Barcelona 1992 and countless other multisports events for decades to come.

The games themselves were good, and a mighty medal haul really had the nation buzzing for ages.

Victoria 1994...belonged to Australia, who took ownership of the CWGs ever since. Can't get passed Cathy Freeman outing Australia's disgusting past towards it's indigenous peoples and get the predictable reaction of their CdeM Arthur Tunstill...he should have been sent home. A terrific sweep of gold knowing by then that Sydney 2000 was on the way so expectations needed to be set.

Kuala Lumpa 1998...Games went big to stay relevant...if that.

Manchester 2002...The best games IMO so far. After the oversize of KL, a better format. And a good restart for NZ Athletes after the disastrous showing at the 2000 Olympics.

Melbourne...a city that really didn't need to host them, first real questions about the point of the CWGs as their costs really ballooned out...a devastating effect on the next host.

The bidding for 2014, @ 2006 - 7 Not just GB Forums, but everywhere in the multisport world, we saw for the first time (and not the last) an enthusiastic shoe-in suddenly turn about face, cut and run, balking at the burgeoning cost of hosting the fading event. Leaving behind the unpredictable verses the unlikely-but-stable. The former fronting an impossible continuation of the current format of upsizimanship, the latter offering common sense and an idea that could bring the games back to relevance for the Commonwealth of what are now disjointed nations...as the near future foretold, thankfully, now, Glasgow made it!...

New Delhi 2010...because look what happened!

Still some great results for NZ and a portent to what was going to come in London.

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I watched this on the CBC site today:

Kerryn McCann winning gold in the marathon in 2006. It actually gave me goosebumps, and I'm not even an Aussie. What a crowd in that stadium.

I was there, the lead changed I think 6 times in the last KM.

And 2 years later she died of breast cancer, one year after giving birth. SO SAD....

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Auckland 1990...New Zealand turned on it's head from fortress to free market economy with tremendous social upheavals still recovering to this very day. Auckland won the hosting rights in 1984 right on the total collapse of the NZ economy. Recovered enough in time to host what the the rest of NZ thought were "those Auckland" games. Part of the even more dismal Sesquitennial celebrations.

Still...the biggest claim to fame was it's then Olympics sized Opening Ceremony, the first CWGs night ceremony, the near entire format copied by Barcelona 1992 and countless other multisports events for decades to come.

The games themselves were good, and a mighty medal haul really had the nation buzzing for ages.

These Games seemed to be completely tied in with my time at Omanu Primary 1989/1990.

I remember everyone got cardboard Auckland 1990 medals at our swimming sports that summer, and of course, the youth of New Zealand was wrapped up in Jump Rope for Heart.

Good times.

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I remember Cathy Freeman waving both flags in Victoria and having little or no idea of its significance. But, of moments that haven't been mentioned so far, I can't look beyond Manchester 2002 because of its legacy. It reminded this country of what we can do when we put our minds to it. It spawned the most amazing two weeks in London two years ago and another 11 fabulous days here in Scotland. A big reason why I'm here is because I bitterly regret not going to Manchester 12 years ago.

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Now that they're on, I've just been reminded of another aspect of the Commies that's a point to their credit - the incorporation of para events into the main program. Do any of the other continental events, Pam-Ams or whatever, do this?

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