Although there are many diverse components required to stage an international multi-sport games, the heart of any games is its sporting competitions. It was the all-volunteer Sport Committee that was responsible for the competitions of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. The Sport Committee was led by Chair Jim Carter, a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairs Gary Taylor and Sandra Stevenson. The remaining members were the 20 Sport Chairs who were endorsed by their national sport bodies and assisted by their provincial sport organizations and Dr. Norgrove Penny, Chair, Medical Services and Doping Control

Several members of the Sport Committee were involved from the earliest stages of the Victoria bid in 1987 when Victoria started on its road to becoming the host of the 1994 Games. They remained totally dedicated for a further seven years to guide their sports during the planning, pre-game test event and operational phases right through until the end of the Games. Others stepped up at a later date to take on responsibility for steering their sport during the latter stages.

The members of the Sport Committee planned for and executed all aspects of the "field of play" during the Games. They ensured that requirements for officials, equipment and technology were met, hosted international sport representatives, established medical and doping control protocols, recruited and trained volunteers from within their fields, and managed each pre-games event.

The knowledge and experience of the Sport Committee members were crucial to the success of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. As a team, they committed countless volunteer hours and not only succeeded, but excelled in delivering the biggest international sporting and television event in Victoria's history.


Jim Carter


Gary Taylor
Vice Chair

Sandra Stevenson
Vice Chair

Ken Porter Sr.
Chair, Athletics

Robert Fergus
Chair, Badminton

Don Smyth
Chair, Aquatics

Hassan Sunderani
Chair, Boxing

Dr. Peter Vizsolyi
Chair, Swimming

Austin Smith
Chair, Cycling

John Edwards
Co-Chair, Diving

Bruce Tonkin
Chair, Track Cycling

Ron Friesen
Co-Chair, Diving

Barb Wood
Chair, Road Cycling

Judy Davis
Co-Chair, Synchronized Swimming

Andrew Reid
Chair, Field Lacrosse

Darlene Irvine
Co-Chair, Synchronized Swimming

Fran McAdoo
Chair, Lawn Bowls

Hardy Fink
Co-Chair, Artistic Gymnastics

Alexander (Sandy) Peden
Chair, Shooting

Bernice Beres
Co-Chair, Artistic Gymnastics

Dr. Steve James
Chair, Weightlifting

Barbara Bishop
Chair, Rhythmic Gymnastics

Kjeld Brodsgaard
Chair, Wrestling

       Dr. Norgrove Penny,Chair, Medical Services and Doping Control

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