Countdown to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Edmonton 1978

The XI Games was the first to bear the current day name of the Commonwealth Games.

While Edmonton had won the right to host the Games with an audacious vision presented six years earlier to the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly, the organisers had to walk a careful tightrope in the immediate run up to the Edmonton Games to ensure that there was no repeat of the African nations boycott of the 1976 Montreal Olympics caused by a New Zealand rugby tour of South Africa.

In the end, 46 countries sent a total of 1,405 athletes and 504 officials to the Edmonton Games. As host nation, Canada also topped the medal table for the first time.

Featured at the Edmonton Games were 10 sports: athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, 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 - Graham P Young (Race Walking and Team Captain), Allan Callow (Race Walking), J. S. Kelly (Flag Bearer), R. Lambie, D. M. Anderson and D. Newton
Aquatics - C. Skillicorn, N. Q. Cannell, L. Cowin, G. Stigant and S. E. CainĀ 
Badminton - T. P. Kniveton, M. Cain, D. Kennaugh, P. Anderson and D. Moore
Cycling - S. Joughin, M. Gage, John Purvis, E. Kewley and M. R. Kelly
Shooting - Stewart Watterson (50m Rifle Prone), D. McTaggart, D. N. Taylor, P. F. A. Quilliam and P. Kelly
Athletics Manager - P. McElroy
Aquatics Manager - J. Mead
Badminton Manager - J. Mead
Shooting Manager - S. Watterson
General Team Manager - J. Curwen Clague
Deputy Commandant - Dursley Stott
HQ Official - Ron E. Killey
HQ Official - J. Mead
Hon Medical Officer - Dr J. H. Ferguson