Commonwealth Games

Kuala Lumpur

In 1998 I was assistant manager of the Athletics team for the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. I had decided that management was my role for the few years and my friend Chris Bradshaw came in as team doctor.

Australia had a pretty good Games winning 13 golds in athletics

Highlights included the upset win by Nova Peris in the women’s 200 when it looked certain that Melinda Gainsford would win until she broke down close to the finish. Then we won both women’s relays even without Mel. Speaking of upsets, the women’s marathon win to Heather Turland was certainly a pleasant surprise while it was great to see Kate Anderson win the women’s 5000.