24 Jan 2024

Gold medalists on 50 years since Christchurch Commonwealth Games

From Morning Report, 8:26 am on 24 January 2024

It's 50 years ago since the Opening Ceremony for the Christchurch Commonwealth Games.

The "Friendly Games" as they were known, captured the country's attention for 10 days and were regarded as a major success.

New Zealand's athletes also fared well, winning 35 medals in total.

Among the most memorable of our nine golds came in the pool where a 17-year-old Christchurch local Jaynie Parkhouse won the 800-metre freestyle.

Swimming New Zealand president Jaynie Hudgell, and weightlifter Precious McKenzie - who competed for England in 1974 before switching allegiance to New Zealand spoke to Corin Dann.