Empire and Commonwealth Games champions

South Africa competed in the Empire Games from 1930 until 1958, after which it left the Commonwealth. South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth after 1994, and it's atheletes competed in the Commonwealth Games since then.

Shown below are the Empire and Commonwealth Games medal winners - who have not also won world titles or Olympic medals. 


Springbok team to the 1930 Empire Games
1930 - Hamilton, Canada

 16px Gold medal icon.svg  Oonagh Whisitt - gold  3m diving

1934 - London

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Jennie Maakal - silver - 440 yds freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Jenny Maakal, Enid Hayward, Kathleen Russell, Molly Ryde - silver - 4×110 yds freestyle relay

1938 - Sydney

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Carla Gerke - silver - 220 yds breaststroke

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Carla Gerke, Hazel Holmes, Molly Ryde - silver  - 3x110 yds medley relay


16px Silver medal icon.svg  Terry Collard - silver - 110 yds freestyle

1950 - Auckland

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Joan Harrison - bronze - 110 yds freestyle

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Joan Harrison - gold - 440 yds freestyle


16px Silver medal icon.svg  Graham Johnston - silver  - 440 yds freestyle

16px Gold medal icon.svg Graham Johnston - gold - 1650 yds freestyle

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Jackie Wiid - gold - 110 yds backstroke

 

1954 - Vancouver

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Joan Harrison - gold - 110 yds backstroke

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Joan Harrison - bronze - 110 yds freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Mary Morgan - silver - 220 yds breaststroke

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Felicity Loveday, Joan Harrison, Machduldt Petzer, Natalie Myburgh - gold - 4x110 yds freestyle relay

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Joan Harrion, Machadult Petzer, Mary Morgan - siler - 3x110 yds medley relay


16px Silver medal icon.svg  Graham Johnston - silver - 440 yds freestyle

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Graham Johnston - gold - 1650 freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Peter Duncan - silver - 1650 yds freestyle

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Dennis Ford, Graham Johnston, Peter Duncan, William Steuart - bronze - 4x220 yds freestyle relay

1958 - Cardiff

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Peter Rocchi - silver - 220 yds breaststroke

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Tich Mclachlan - bronze - 1650 yds freestyle

1994 - Victoria

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Penny Heyns - bronze - 50m breaststroke


 16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Peter Williams - bronze - 50m breastsroke

1998 - Kuala Lumpur

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Brendon Dedekind - silver - 50m freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Ryk Neethling - silver - 1500m freestyle

2002 - Manchester

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Helene Muller - silver - 100m freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Mandy Loots - silver - 100m butterfly

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Sarah Poewe - silver - 50m breaststroke

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Sarah Poewe - bronze - 100m breaststroke

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Sarah Poewe - silver - 200m breaststroke

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Charlene Wittstock, Helene Muller, Sarah Poewe, Mandy Loots - silver - 4x100  medley relay


 16px Gold medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman - gold - 50m freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Terence Parkin - silver - 200m breaststroke

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Ryk Neethling - bronze - 100m freestyle

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Gerhard  Zandberg - bronze 50m breaststroke

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Ryk Neethling, Hendrik Odendaal - silver - 4x100 freestyle relay


Disabled swimmers

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Natalie du Toit - gold - 50, 100m freestyle


 16px Silver medal icon.svg  Scott Field - silver - 100m freestyle

2006 - Melbourne

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Lize-Mari Retief - bronze - 50m butterfly

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Suzaan van Biljon - bronze - 200m breastsroke


16px Gold medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman - gold - 50m butterfly

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman - gold - 50m freestyle

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman - bronze - 100m freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Ryk Neethling - silver - 100m freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  George du Rand - silver - 200m backstroke

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Gerhard Zandberg - bronze - 50m backstroke

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Troy Prinsloo - bronze - 1500m freestyle

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Ryk Neethling, Gerhard zandberg - gold - 4x100m freestyle relay


Disabled swimmers

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Natalie du Toit - gold - 100m freestyle

2010 - Delhi

16px Gold medal icon.svg  16px Gold medal icon.svg Cameron van der Burg - gold - 50 and 100m breaststroke

16px Gold medal icon.svg  16px Gold medal icon.svg Chad le Clos - gold - 200m butterfly, 400m IM

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Heerden Herman - silver - 1500m freestyle

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman - silver - 50m freestyle

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman - bronze - 50m butterfly

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Gideon Louw - bronze - 50m freestyle

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Riaan Schoeman - bronze - 400IM

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Charl Crous, Cameron van der Burgh, Chad Le Clos, Gideon Louw - silver - 4x100 medley relay

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Gideon Louw, Graeme Moore, Roland Schoeman, Darian Townsend - bronze - 4x100m freestyle relay

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Jean Basson, Darian Townsend, Jan Venter, Chad Le Clos - bronze - 4x200m freestyle relay

2014 - Glasgow

16px Gold medal icon.svg  16px Gold medal icon.svg Chad le Clos - gold - 100 and 200m butterfly

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Chad le Clos - bronze - 50m butterfly

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Chad le Clos - bronze - 200m IM

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Cameron van der Burgh - gold - 50m breaststroke

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Cameron van der Burgh - silver - 100m breaststroke

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Roland Schoeman - silver - 50m butterfly

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Sebastien Rousseau - bronze - 200m butterfly

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Sebastien Rousseau - bronze - 400m IM

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Chad le Clos (48.53), Roland Schoeman (48.78), Leith Shankland (48.14), Caydon Muller (49.72) - silver - 4x100m freestyle relay

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Devon Brown (1:47.49), Chad le Clos (1:47.13), Sebastien Rousseau (1:47.03), Dylan Bosch (1:48.71) - bronze - 4x200m freestlye relay

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Sebastien Rousseau (55.33), Cameron van der Burgh (59.40), Chad le Clos (51.05), Leith Shankland (48.69)- bronze - 4x100m medley relay

 

2018 - Brisbane

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Tatjana Schoenman - gold - 100 and 200m breastsroke


16px Gold medal icon.svg  16px Gold medal icon.svg 16px Gold medal icon.svg Chad le Clos - gold - 50, 100, 200m butterfly

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Chad le Clos - silver - 100m freestyle

16px Gold medal icon.svg  Cameron van der Burgh - gold - 50m breaststroke

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Cameron van der Burgh - bronze - 100m breaststroke

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Brad Tandy - silver - 50m freestyle

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Ryan Coetzee - bronze - 50m butterfly

16px Bronze medal icon.svg  Calvyn Justus (55.79), Cameron van der Burgh (59.20), Chad le Clos (50.10), Brad Tandy (49.70) - bronze - 4x100m medley relay


Disabled swimmers

16px Silver medal icon.svg  Christian Sadie - silver - 50m freestyle

Oonagh Whitsitt

Winner of the Women's diving at the 1930 Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada, Oonagh is the only diver from South Africa to have won a major international title.

Molly Ryde

Molly competed at the 1934 and 1938 Commonwealth Games, winning a silver medal in the relays at both events.


Enid Hayward

Enid was a Transvaal swimmer who won a silver medal at the 1934 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver when she was a member of the South African 4x110 yards freestyle relay team.

Terry Collard

In 1938 at the Commonwealth Games in Sydney, Terry Collard won a silver medal in the 110 yards freestyle. 

Carla Gerke

Carla won two silver medals at the 1938 Commonwealth Games in Sydney - 220 yards breaststroke and 330 yards medley relay. 

Hazel Holmes

In 1938 Hazel - on the left, with Molly Ryde and Carla Gerke -  won a silver medal in the 330 Yard Medley Relayat the Commonwealth Games held in Sydney.


Jackie Wiid

Jacobus Coenradus de Beer "Jackie" Wiid  was a backstroke swimmer who won a gold medal in the 100m event at the 1950 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. In the 100m freestyle he finished 5th. He also competed at the 1948 Olympic Games held in London, where he finished 6th. 


Felicity Loveday

Felicity was a swimmer from the University of Pretoria who won a gold medal at the 1954 Commonwealth Games. She was a member of the 4x110 yard freestyle relay team with Joan Harrison, Maggie Petzer and Natalie Myburgh.


Maggie Petzer

At the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver Machadult 'Maggie' Petzer won two medals - gold in the freestyle relay and silver in the medley relay. The photo above shows Maggie being congratulated by Olympic gold medallist Joan Harrison after the 14-year old from Natal beat her in the 220 yards freestyle at the 1954 South African swimming championships.

Mary Morgan

Mary finished second in the 220 yards breaststroke at the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. With Joan Harrison and Maggie Petzer she also picked up a silver for the 3x110 yards medley relay.

Peter Duncan

Peter (on the right, with Les Klenerman) was 2nd in the 1954 Commonwealth Games 1650 yards Freestyle, 3rd in the 1954 Commonwealth Games 4x220 yards Freestyle Relay. He was one of 4 South African swimmers, and the diver Ernie de Jong, who accepted scholarships to the university of Oklahoma in late 1952. 


William Steuart

'Billy' Steuart finished 3rd in the 1954 Commonwealth Games 4x220 yards Freestyle Relay, with Dennis Ford, Graham Johnston, and Peter Duncan. In 1958 and 1959 NCAA Championships he won and defended his titles for both 440 yards and 1650 yards freestyle.


Dennis Ford

Like Joan Harrison, Dennis Ford came from East London, but attended King Edward (KES) in Johanneburg, where he swam  with coach Cecil Colwin.  At the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he took home a bronze medal in the 4x220 yard relay.


Tich McLachlan

Murray "Tich" McLachlan (seconds from the left) was a Natal swimmer who won 4 titles at the 1960 South African swimming championships. He had won a bronze medal in the 1650 yards freestyle event at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, and swam the 1500m at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, where he finished a creditable 6th. 


Peter Rocchi

At the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Peter won a silver medal in the 220 yards breaststroke . 


Hendrik Odendaal

Odendaal competed for South Africa at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester where he finished 11th in semi-finals of the 100 metre butterfly in 55.32, 15th in semi-finals of the 50 metre butterfly in 25.08 and with Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns and Ryk Neethling won silver in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay in 3:18.86.

Helene Muller

Two-times an Olympian in 1996 and 2000, Helene won silver medals for the 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. Helene on the righrt with Charlene Wittstock, Sarah Poewe and Mandy Loots.  At the NCAA Championships in 2000 Helene won a bronze medal in the 200 mteres freestyle.


Mandy Loots

Mandy attended the Eden Glen High School in Edenvale, and swam with coach Dean Price at the Dolfins club in Johannesburg. In 2002 Mandy won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.


Lize-Mari Retief

Lize-Mari Retief swam for South Africa at the 2008 Olympics. At the 2008 South African Nationals in April, she set 3 South African Records: 50 free, 50 fly and 100 fly. At the 2003 All-Africa Games, she won the most individual medals of any female swimmer: 5 golds and 1 silver. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne she tied for third place in the 50m butterfly, winning a bronze medal.

Wendy Trott

Wendy swam with coach Karoly von Toros at the Vineyard Sc, and attended Springfield Convent in Cape Town. She won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, before winning the NCAA 1650 yards title for three years in a row, while swimming for the university of Georgia. 

Troy Prinsloo

Above Troy is captured racing world champion Chad Ho to the finish of the 2014 Midmar Mile - which Chad won by 0.8 seconds. Troy won Midmar in 2005 and 2006. He swam in the 1500 at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, finishing with a bronze medal. He swam the same race at the the 2008 Olympic Games, and the 10km marathon at the 2012 Games in London, finishing 12th. Troy's greatest achievement was probably winning the 1650 yards freestyle at the 2009 NCAA Championships

Heerden Herman

Paul Roos Gymnasium 2014, Commonwealth Games medallist, Olympian and Rhodes Scholar. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India he won the silver medal in the 1500 meter freestyle and as a member of the 4X200 meter freestyle relay team, they took the bronze.


Gideon Louw

Gideon Abraham Louw won three medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He swam at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, and in 2009 he won two relay titles at the NCAA Championships with Auburn University.


Jean Basson

Like Jan Venter, Jean won a bronze medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing Jean finished 4th in the 200m freestyle, 0,8 seconds behind the bronze medal winner.


Jasper Venter

Venter won a bronze medal, as a member of the South African team, in the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Riaan Schoeman

Riaan won bronze in the 40 IM at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He competes in freestyle and medley events, and was the 2009 Midmar Mile winner. Schoeman represented South Africa at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. His brother Henri Schoeman won bronze in the triathlon at the 2012 Olympic Games. 


Graeme Moore

Graeme swam at the Commonwealth Games at Delhi in 2010, where he was a member of the bronze medal winning 4x100m freestyle relay team. 

Sebastien Rousseau

Sebastien represented South Africa in the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi and Glasgow respectively. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he won bronze medals in the 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly, 4 × 200 m freestyle relay and 4 × 100 m medley relay. He also swam at three Olympic Games


Devon Myles Brown

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Devon anchored the 2x200 freestyle relay with the fastest split of 1:47,61, to help South Africa win a bronze medal. At the 2016 Olympic Games he was also part of South Africa's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay team which finished 10th in the heats and did not qualify for the final.

Dylan Bosch

In 2014 Dylan was part of the bronze medal winning 4x200 freestyle relay at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and he competed in the men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Brad Tandy

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Brad Tandy finished second in the 50m freestyle in 21:81, winning the silver medal. He placed third in the 4x100 medley relay at the Commonwealth Games, along with teammates Chad Le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Calvyn Justus. At the 2016 Olympics he also competed in the 50 m freestyle event and placed 6th overall with a time of 21.79 seconds.

Ryan Coetzee

Ryan is a butterfly specialist who won a bronze medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games when he finished third behind Chad le Clos in the 50m butterfly.

Calvyn Justus

Calvyn is backstroke specialist who in 2018  placed third in the 4x100 medley relay at the Commonwealth Games, along with team mates Chad Le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Brad Tandy. He swam in the 4x200 freeestle relay at the 2016 Olympic Games.


Tatjana Schoenmaker

Tatjana was the first able-bodied female swimmer to win Commonwealth Games gold since South Africa’s readmission to international sport, when she won the 100m breastsroke at the 2018 Games in Brisbane. Her time was a new African record of 1:06.41, which was 0.06 quicker than Penny Heyns' 19-year-old previous record time of 1:06.47. She also won the 200 m breastroke.