History Worth Repeating
The year 2030 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Commonwealth Games.
The very first games, in 1930, were hosted in Hamilton. They were known as the British Empire Games back then. More than 400 athletes from 11 countries came together to compete in sporting events that featured track and field, swimming, rowing, boxing, wrestling and lawn bowls.
The 1930 Games were amazing in so many respects. They were the first international sporting event ever hosted in Canada. It was the first time that all the athletes from all nations were housed together in one place – the very first Athletes Village. It was also the first time that a sporting event had featured a medals podium – an innovation that was quickly picked up by the Olympics and every other sports organization.
Over the years, the Games have grown! The most recent, hosted by the City of Gold Coast in Australia, attracted 4,800 athletes from 71 nations and territories, and more than a million visitors and fans.
For its centenary year, we think it would be amazing if the Commonwealth Games returned to the place where it all began: the City of Hamilton.