In 1911, the first 'commonwealth games type' event was held - the 'Festival
of Empire' was held in London to celebrate the coronation of
King George V. As part of the festival, an Inter-Empire Championships
was held with teams from Australia, Canada, South Africa and
the United Kingdom participating.
The first official Commonwealth Games was held in Hamilton Canada in 1930, and at that time it was called the British
The three core values of the Commonwealth Games (adopted in 2001) are: Humanity, Equality & Destiny.
The Commonwealth Paraplegic Games were held alongside the Commonwealth Games from 1962 to 1974
The first time there was a games mascot was in 1978 in Edmonton - Keyano, a Swan Hills Grizzly Bear.
The first time an Asian country hosted the Games was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998.
The first time team sports were played at the Commonwealth Games was in 1998, when Cricket, Men's and Women's Hockey, Netball and Rugby 7's were added to the program.
In 1998, the Queens Baton was carried into the stadium on an elephant.
The Kuala Lumpur 1998 Queen’s Baton Relay was the first to deliver the relay to other nations of the Commonwealth, besides England and the host country.
The relay baton has traditionally contained the message from the Queen to the athletes. For the 2006 Games in Melbourne, the 'Queen's message' was actually stored on a memory chip attached to the baton.