2nd August 1986

Guernsey won double-silver at the Commonwealth Games

Guernsey came ninth in the medals table at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Its two silver gongs put it ahead of Jersey, which came home with just a single bronze.

The Games were held in Scotland, which welcomed 27 different Commonwealth nations to its capital, Edinburgh. Unfortunately, those 27 countries were less than half of the total number of nations in the Commonwealth, with 32 others boycotting the event. Most of the absent countries were from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, who had stayed away to protest at the British government’s decision not to impose sanctions on South Africa. At the time, South Africa practiced apartheid.

Guernsey’s medals

Guernsey won silver in both the shooting and lawn bowls events. In the former, Adrian Breton scored 588 points in the Men’s Rapid Pistol Fire; in the latter, the Guernsey team scored 15 points in the Womens’ Lawn Bowls Pairs.

Throughout the fortnight, Guernsey competed in 70 different events as diverse as road cycling, marathon running, badminton and swimming.

England topped the medals table in 1986, with 52 gold, 43 silver and 49 bronze to its name. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland came fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Guernsey’s first Commonwealth Games was the 1970 event, again in Edinburgh, but it had to wait until its fourth appearance, in 1982’s Brisbane Games, before it won any of its events. In that instance, it took home one silver (for men’s 10m air rifle shooting) and one bronze (for the fullbore rifle pairs Queen’s prize), placing it 20th overall.


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Other events that occured in August

The Saumarez Memorial foundation stone was laid 1st
Guernsey won double-silver at the Commonwealth Games 2nd
Earl Grey was appointed Governor of Guernsey 3rd
A boy scout fell 250ft over a Torteval Cliff 4th
Jethou tenant was rescued from an up-turned boat 5th
A tomato ship and a tanker collided 6th
Human remains were found on Lihou 7th
The Beatles played at Candie Gardens 8th
The RAF bombed Guernsey Airport 9th
Guernesiais linguist Marie de Garis died 10th
Alderney experienced a total eclipse of the sun 11th
A minister was found dead at Icart Point 12th
Guernsey steam tramway is granted its concession 13th
Police found a bomb in Bluebell Wood 14th
Hanois Lighthouse’s foundation stone was laid 15th
Charlie Chaplin played in St Peter Port 16th
St Peter Port inundated with fish 17th
A royal visit… of sorts
The Rolling Stones played St Peter Port 18th
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was published 19th
Archaeologist Crystal Bennet was born 20th
Mapmaking geologist John MacCulloch died 21st
St Sampson pensioner was buried in a landslide 22nd
Trident VI ran aground on its return from Herm 23rd
Queen Victoria visited Guernsey 24th
The post-Occupation military government was disbanded 25th
Wesleyans celebrated 100 years on Guernsey 26th
Oliver Reed was jailed in Guernsey 27th
Guernsey’s Reform Law was enacted 28th
Winston Churchill visited Guernsey with his wife 29th
Philip de Saumarez was discharged as a Jurat 30th
Jersey swimmers set a round-Guernsey record 31st