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Perth 1962

The VII Commonwealth Games are remembered for the "heat, dust and glory".

The day before the Perth Games opened the temperature was an expected 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but the heat was measured at 105 degrees at the opening ceremony in the new Perry Lakes Stadium the following day and such extremes persisted throughout the Games' duration. In the previous 65 years, only 10 100 degree-plus days had been recorded in Perth. Australian soldiers were pressed into action, ferrying water to competing athletes.

James Coote of the London Daily Telegraph wrote: 'The VIIth Commonwealth Games have proved that it is possible for an area as basically devoid of sports interest as Perth to stage the second most important sports meeting in the World - and stage it successfully. Perth has shown that these Games will continue for years to come.'

For Perth, the staging of the Commonwealth Games provided it with a springboard for development in sport and recreation, centred around the sports facilities built for the Games. These facilities catered not only for elite sport, but also provided much-needed opportunity for the development of organised recreational sport as well as a focus for Australia's first University degree Program in Physical Education.

A total of 1,041 athletes and officials were sent to Perth by 35 countries. Jersey was among the medal winners for the first time, while British Honduras, Dominica, Papua New Guinea and St Lucia all made their inaugural Games appearances. Aden also competed by special invitation. Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya competed for the last time before taking part in 1966 under the Malaysian flag.

The Perth Games featured nine sports: athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

The Isle of Man participated in three of these and entered a team of eight competitors.

Athletics - Colin Roy Maclachlan (880 yards and 1 mile), Peter Wilfred Harraghy (440 and 880 yards) and Brian David Whitehead (100 and 220 yards)
Cycling - Roger Kelly (1000m sprint, Time Trial, 10 miles and Road Race), James Peter Callow (1000m pursuit and sprint, 10 miles and Road Race), John Edward Killip (1000m Time Trial, 4000m pursuit, 10 miles and Road Race) and Ronald Edward Killey
Fencing - Peter Graham Crelling (Foil)
General Team Manager - J. C. Clague 
HQ Official - T. D. Clague