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Two weeks of enjoyable sporting endeavour followed.The Scotland team of 19 competitors claimed an honourable share of the prizes, winning a total of two Gold, three Silver and five Bronze medals.This was also to be the last time that Newfoundland took part independent of Canada.Six sports were featured in the Games - athletics, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, swimming and diving and wrestling.1934 British Empire Games Sixteen nations sent a total of 500 competitors to the Games in London.In addition to the 11 nations that competed in Hamilton, making their debut in London were Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and Trinidad.In addition there was also the problem of keeping fit during the long sea journey to Australia.Nevertheless the standard of competition was generally very high, particularly in athletics.

The running events were restricted to the short sprints and a shortened 4 x 220 yard relay instead of the 4 x 440 yard really as per the men's program.The famous Canadian sprinter, Percy Williams, read the oath of allegiance on behalf of the competitors, surrounded by the flag bearers of the eleven countries.The spectators then enthusiastically joined in the singing of 'God Save the King', fireworks were set off, doves were released as a symbol of the peaceful nature of the proceedings, and the Games had been changed from an idea to a reality.The Games Opening Ceremony took place at the famed Sydney Cricket Ground in front of 40,000 spectators who were keen to see Australia and New Zealand excel against England in particular.Fifteen nations participated, involving a total of 464 athletes and 43 officials. Seven sports were featured in the Sydney Games: athletics, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming and diving and wrestling.

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