Countdown to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Brisbane 1982

The Brisbane Games are still hailed as one of the very best, everything went so well from the moment Matilda, a 13-metre mechanical kangaroo, helped out with the opening ceremonies.

Once again, a boycott was avoided and the sun shone throughout the duration of the XII Games.

In the Brisbane Games, 46 nations participated with a new record total of 1,583 athletes and 571 officials. As hosts, Australia headed the medal table leading the way ahead of England, Canada, Scotland and New Zealand respectively.

The men's 200m gold was shared by England's Mike McFarlane and Scotland's Allan Wells, with judges unable to separate the pair at the winning post.

Featured at the Brisbane Games were nine sports: athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, shooting, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

The Isle of Man participated in five of these and entered a team of 26 competitors.

Athletics - M. Lambden, A. Owen, Graham Young, D. McCutcheon and R. Lambie 
Aquatics - C. F. Skillicorn, S. Stigant, G Stigant and L. Cowin
Badminton - M. Cain, P. J. Mead, D. Moore (Team Captain) and R. Cannell
Cycling - S. Joughin, M. Gage, Mike Doyle, S. Porter, A. Nicholson and Gary Hinds
Shooting - P. A. Quirk, P. A. Mason, P. Kelly (Flag Bearer), J. M. Kermode, P. F. A. Quilliam, J. A. S. Quilliam and D. Clague
Athletics Manager - K. Madigan
Aquatics Manager - J. Mead
Badminton Manager - T. P. Kniveton
Cycling Manager - Ron E. Killey
Cycling Masseur and Mechanic - L. Jones
Shooting Manager - D. Taylor
General Team Manager - P. E. Kneale
Team Commandant - Dursley Stott
HQ Official - D. Lace
Hon Medical Officer - Dr J. H. Ferguson