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1986 Isle of Man Team
On parade: (back row, left to right) Nick Corkill, Graham Stigant, Phil Mason, Stuart Earle and Andrew McKeown
Fourth row (l to r) Alf Oddie, Shane Stigant, Ian Anderson, Mike Kelly (lll), Gary Hinds, Julian Teare, Nigel Kelly and Paul Martin
Third row (l to r) Steve Partington, Andy Nicholson, Chris Turner, Peter Qulliam, Stewart Watterson, Steve Porter, Peter Kelly, Richard Fletcher, Adrian Mooney, Peter Kennaugh and Harry Creevy
Second row(l to r) Neil MacGregor, Stephanie Quirk, Maureen Oddie, Sharon Nicholson, Sian Pilling, Danaa Myhill, Rosie Johnson, team attaché and Graham Young
Front row (l t r) Dr Joe Ferguson, Dennis Lace, Frank Anderson, Dursley Stott, Peter Kneale, Ron Killey, John Mead, Frank Coffey and Lionel Cowin

Athletics: Sian Pilling (1500m), Danaa Myhill (100m), Maureen Oddie (women's marathon), Alf Oddie (decathlon), Stephanie Quirk (women's marathon), Steve Partington (30km walk)
Swmming: Graham Stigant (100 and 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley), Shane Stigant (100 and 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley)
Shooting: Peter Quilliam (full-bore individual and pairs), Julian Teare (full-bore individual and pairs), Stewart Watterson (small-bore individual and pairs, air rifle individual and pairs), Harry Creevy (small-bore individual and pairs, air rifle individual and pairs), Phil Mason (air pistol individual and pairs, centre fire individual and pairs), Stuart Earle (air pistol individual and pairs, centre fire individual and pairs),Chris Turner (Olympic Trap individual and pairs), Peter Kelly (Olympic Trap individual and pairs), Andrew McKeown (Skeet individual and pairs), Nigel Kelly (Skeet individual and pairs)
Cycling: Richard Fletcher (road race and 100km team time trial), Mike Kelly III (road race and 100km team time trial), Gary Hinds (1000m sprint, 1000m individual time trial and 10-mile scratch race), Adrian Mooney (1000m sprint, 1000m individual time trial, 10-mile scratch race), Steve Porter (road race and 100km team time trial), Peter Kennaugh (road race and 100km team time trial), Andy Nicholson (road race)
Badminton: Ian Anderson, Paul Martin, Sharon Baird, Rosie Johnson (singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team)
Team officials: general team manager, Peter Kneale; assistant team manager, Ron Killey; medical officer, Dr Joe Ferguson; equipment officer, John Mead; HQ official, Dennis Lace; cycling, Lionel Cowin; assistant cycling manager/mechanic, Nick Corkill; athletics, Graham Young; badminton, Frank Anderson; shooting Frank Coffey; swimming, Neil MacGregor
29 athletes, 11 officials (40), flag: Peter Kelly; commandant: Dursley Stott
26 countries 1662 competitors

1986 Medal
Memorable moment: The closest I ever got to a gold medal, the one won by Nigel Kelly
Edinburgh 1986

Bruised and battered by a boycott that saw the withdrawal of 31 countries, the 13th Commonwealth Games provided the Island with its second gold medal.

Twenty-two-year-old clay shooting prodigy Nigel Kelly bagged victory in the two-day Skeet event, providing the Island with a massive boost after a fruitless visit to Brisbane four years earlier.

Just as able to blow his big moment as well as blast a big result, Nigel was considered the l’enfant terrible, mainly for dubious night time discipline that provided his stressed and overworked team manager with serious worries, particularly in the early morning of his big day on August 1.

A calm and collected Kelly, however, defied the electrifying tension to deliver a famous result. With double spacing the order of the day in an effort to mask the missing nations as the teams marched into the Meadowbank Stadium for the opening ceremony, the 27 remaining countries did manage a big smile for the cameras, but there was really no hiding the fact the Games had lost a great deal of their usual vitality.

The weather didn’t help. The programme at the outdoor wooden veldrome was constantly interrupted and the venue was christened Wellydrome.

Apart from Kelly’s remarkable gold, there was little good news to write home about for the remaining 28 members of the team.

At the velodrome, however, Adrian Mooney kept cycling team spirits high. Coming into the Games with good showings in the famous White Hope Sprint competition in London and again at a meeting to inaugurate the Meadowbank facility, he just failed to make the final eight after a tortuous 1000m sprint competition, beaten by Michael McRemond (NZ), the 1982 silver medallist, during an event constantly bedeviled by rain and postponements.

Having taken the bronze medal at the British championship just 10 days prior to the Games, the Manx quartet of Richard Fletcher, Mike Kelly (III), Steve Porter and Peter Kennaugh had probably peaked too soon for the 100km team time trial.

The loss of Kennaugh through a mechanical failure cost them dearly and it was gut-wrenching to see Northern Ireland take the bronze, which could so possibly have been ours. However sixth wasn’t a bad showing.

Internal bickering and one or two swollen egos saw a reasonable chance of a good performance in the road race go begging on an exposed and at times wet dual carriageway course. Steve Porter, 22, second to gold medal winner Paul Curran in the previous year’s Manx International RR, and Mike Kelly, 21, both featured for a time but the strength of the English and Australians was too telling.

Danaa Myhill, 15, one of the youngest competitors in the Games, had shown great promise prior to the 100m, taking gold for England in a Home Countries International event in Wales. She also helped England take a silver medal in the 4 x 100m relay.

The British junior indoor champion in March at 60m (7.7secs), Danaa automatically went through to the semi-final stage due to the withdrawal in the main of the Caribbean sprint specialists. She ran well but faded after 60m, clocking 11.92 against a best set in May of 11.7.

Sian Pilling, 17, a 1500m specialist, had good form coming into the Games and had taken third representing GB in the World Schools’ Games in Nice and seventh for GB Juniors in a fixture against Oceana and Switzerland. She was also ‘gifted’ a semi-final place where she ran four seconds faster than her previous best, but didn’t make the final. She later turned to triathlon and represented GB at the Sydney Olympic Games.

1986 Cycling
Vroom at the velodrome: Gary Hinds and Adrian Mooney in the thick of the action during the 10-mile scratch race, dominated by Australia

Long distance specialist Stephanie Quirk, a physiotherapist, was looking good for the first women’s marathon after winning the punishing 14-mile Seven Hills of Edinburgh pre-Games event, but did not start after suffering a debilitating back injury.

Ramsey PE teacher Maureen Oddie had a lonely run in the same event, finishing in just under three hours, seven minutes outside her best.

Her brother, Alf, the first Manx athlete to compete in a field event, nursed a groin strain and endured two tough seven and a half hour days in the decathlon, but secured a great scalp when he beat the legendary Daley Thompson, who trailed him all the way in the 1500m. Alf set a Manx record of 6058 points and established new Manx javelin and pole vault bests as well as personal bests in the 110m hurdles and 1500m.

Steve Partington, the joker of the Manx presence in Edinburgh, went four and a half minutes faster than his previous best, set earlier in the year, in the 30km walk on a dreadfully dismal and wet day.

Badminton’s best, Paul Martin, Ian Anderson, Rosie Johnson and Sharon Baird, had it tough in the team competition against Hong Kong, Scotland, and Canada, with fellow islanders Guernsey offering their only hope of a decent result. But that too went begging after nerves got in the way and it was another 5-0 whitewash.

Martin, however, provided the most memorable moments when he twice came up against Canadian Josh Goss, seeded eight. He took a game out of him in the team event and then led him 4-0 in the setting, only to lose 18/17 in the individual. Although he lost in straight sets, it was one of the better memories.

Of the swimming brothers Graham and Shane Stigant, 25 and 23 respectively, both breaststrokers and hoping to improve on their times of four years earlier, Shane performed best, dipping under 70 seconds for the first time in the 100m and improving by two seconds to go under 2.30 for the 200m.

The ten-strong rifle shooting squad had travelled far and wide to gain experience and in several instances had battled for Great Britain selection. A repeat of Stewart Watterson’s small-bore bronze of eight years earlier was hoped for but it was clays man Nigel Kelly who provided the glory on this occasion.

Dumbarton-born Harry Creevy, 30, began his long association with the Manx team in the 50m small-bore prone individual and 10m air rifle disciplines, the latter a new event. Both he and Watterson shot competently in the former, scoring 590 and 592 but were no match for the Australian winner who produced a record breaking 599.

Phil Mason was joined by Stuart Earle in the pistol events, Mason having claimed a win in the Glamorgan Air Weapons Open and a third in the Scottish Air Weapons Open earlier in the year.

Neither marksman, however, lived up to the scores recorded in the pre-Games shoots and were left disappointed by their performances.

Farmers Julian Teare and the experienced Peter Quilliam were our full-bore men but stumbled when it came to the 900 and 1000 yards distances, the hope being that by the time of the next Games, a long range facility would be in place back home to help both training and competition.

The troublesome, high ground Kippen Range, 50 miles from the Games village, hosted the Olympic Trap and Skeet events. Chris Turner had posted the highest ever score by a Manx shooter of 187 ex 200 in the Trap individual discipline for sixth place in a GB selection shoot a year earlier, but was unable to reproduce that form in Scotland, although he shot consistently, coming up with 182 (91+91) on this occasion for 11th place, team-mate Peter Kelly recording 178 (89 + 89) – a significant improvement on his pairs score of 84.

The Skeet pairs event was a case of ‘if only’.

Both Nigel Kelly and Andy McKeown had shown reasonable form in the pre-Games individual event with 94 and 90 respectively, and while there was no great expectancy of them improving into a medal position in actual competition, they came close to doing just that in the pairs event.

Ruddy-faced McKeown was on fire with 96 ex 100 after carding two 25s, and while Kelly notched three consecutive 24s, his final 19 showed a trace of nerves, the outcome being fifth place from 11 pairs.

In the two-day individual event, McKeown improved dramatically from 90 on day one to 96 next day for a final 186 and 12th place while Kelly held his nerve after leading over night with 98 to record the same score next day and claim the gold.

1986 Ruth Vondy
Podium girl: Ruth Vondy (left), the 1984 British women’s over 72kg judo champion, won a silver medal in the over 72kg demonstration competition. Four years later she competed for ‘real’ in Auckland

Bicycles stretched to the limit

■ The team travelled to Edinburgh by plane, but on this occasion it was back to basics - ferry and coach.

■ Two of the special bikes used by the team time trial squad had to be ‘stretched’ to comply with international rules. Cycling manager Lionel Cowin and Australian team mechanic Bob Farley grabbed the forks and Manx mechanic Nick Corkill and Jersey cycling manager Bruce Le Prey held the rear triangle and heaved together in opposite directions. The resultant force put half a centimetre into the distance between the centre of the front fork drop-outs and the centre through the bottom bracket.

■ The Isle of Man again proved to be a good proposition for the media and general team manager, Peter Kneale, no mean broadcaster himself, was interviewed by BBC Radio and by BBC TV Breakfast.

■ Mannin Perfumes was among those who provided the team with gifts to present to important officials and officials of other teams. Manx whiskey, white and coloured, also provided valuable publicity for the producers and the team.

■ Dave McCutcheon, who who ran for the Isle of Man four years earlier in Brisbane, donned the dark blue vest of Scotland and just missed out on a place in the 400m hurdles final by 19 hundredths of a second.

■ Glamourous Miss Isle of Man, Fiona Hartley, accompanied the team to Scotland and captured the attention of the media at several events she attended on the IoM’s behalf.

■ A man in the money was Steve Porter who was third in an hour-long kermesse (street race) in Falkirk where his earnings came to £390 – and the five Manx riders involved edged that total to over £500 by filling the minor placings.

■ Peter Kennaugh, Paul Martin and Stephanie Quirk had their names pulled out of a hat to meet the Queen and Prince Philip in the Games village while Steve Partington was chosen to lunch with the Royal visitors. Alf Oddie was presented to Prince Charles and Diana Princess of Wales.


1986 Cycling

Finishing effort: Richard Fletcher, Steve Porter and Mike Kelly at the end of the 100km team time trial in which they took sixth place. Ten days earlier they notched third place in the British championship. The team lost Peter Kennaugh following a mechanical problem


Women's 1500m, gold: Kirsty Wade (Wales) 4.10.91
Sian Pilling - semi-final 4.24.76 (7/8)
Women's 100m, gold: Heather Oakes (England) 11.20
Danaa Myhill - semi-final 11.92 (7/8)
Women's marathon, gold: Lisa Martin (Australia) 2.26.07
Maureen Oddie - 2.59.05 (11/12)
Stephanie Quirk – DNS, injured
Men's 30km walk, gold: Simon Baker (Australia) 2.7.47
Steve Partington - 2.23.02 (10/11)
Decathlon, gold: Daley Thompson (England) 8663 pts
Alf Oddie - 6058 pts (11/13)


Men's 100m breaststroke, gold: Victor Davis (Canada) 63.01
Shane Stigant - 69.28 (16/24)
Graham Stigant - 73.43 (21/24)
200m breaststroke, gold: Adrian Moorehouse (England)
Shane Stigant - 2.29.79 (15/23)
Graham Stigant – 2.37.03 (16/23)
200m individual medley, gold: Alex Baumann (Canada) 2.01.80
Shane Stigant - 2.20.86 (16/18)
Graham Stigant - 2.23.03 (17/18)


Individual full-bore: first stage 7 shots at 300, 500 and 600 yds; second stage 10 shots at 500 and 600 yds; third stage 15 shots at 900 and 1000 yds, gold: Stan Golinski (Australia) 396
Peter Quilliam - 370 (23/28) first stage 35, 32, 33 – 100; second stage 48, 49, 49 – 146; third stage 56, 68 – 124
Julian Teare - 360 (26/28) first stage 32, 33, 35 – 100; second stage 48, 49, 46 – 143; third stage 68, 49 – 117
Full-bore pairs: first stage 10 shots at 300, 500 and 600 yds; second stage 15 shots at 900 and 1000 yds, gold: Canada (Alain Marion and Bill Baldwin) 583
IoM - Peter Quilliam and Julian Teare – 562 (11/14) Quilliam first stage 48, 50, 47 – 145; second stage 67, 68 - 135 agg 280; Teare 47, 48, 47 – 142; 70, 70 – 140 agg 282
50m small-bore rifle prone individual, gold: Alan Smith (Australia) 599 ex 600
Stewart Watterson - 592 (16/25) 99, 99, 98, 98, 98, 100
Harry Creevy – 590 (19/25) 97, 98, 98, 100, 98, 99
50m small-bore rifle prone pairs, gold: Canada (Gale Stewart and Mike Ashcroft) 1175 ex 1200
IoM- Stewart Watterson and Harry Creevy – 1154 (7/12) Watterson 98, 98, 98, 97, 96, 96 – 583; Creevy 97, 97, 94, 96, 95, 92 – 571
10m air rifle individual, gold: Guy Lorion (Canada) 588 ex 600
Stewart Watterson - 557 (15/18) 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 92
Harry Greevy - 554 (16/18) 88, 90, 95, 94, 98, 89
10m air rifle pairs, gold: Canada (Guy Lorion and Sharon Bowers) 1167 ex 1200
IoM - Stewart Watterson and Harry Creevy – 1084 (9/9) Watterson – 95, 91, 86, 90, 91, 90 – 543 ex 600; Creevy 91, 90, 91, 91, 90, 88 – 541
10m air pistol individual, gold: Gregory Yelavich (New Zealand) 575 ex 600
Phil Mason - 549 (16/18) 89, 93, 91, 90, 95, 91
Stuart Earle - 546 (18/18) 86, 92, 90, 93, 90, 95
10m air pistol pairs, gold: England (Ian Reid and Paul Leatherdale) 1143 ex 1200
IoM - Phil Mason and Stuart Earle - 1094 (8/9) Mason 89, 91, 96, 91, 95, 91 – 553, Earle 88, 92, 90, 91, 91, 89 – 541
Centre fire pistol individual, gold: Robert Northover (England) 583 ex 600
Phil Mason – 560 (14/15) 48, 48, 47, 49, 48, 45 – 285 and 44, 47, 46, 44, 45, 49 – 275
Stuart Earle - 533 (15/15) 41, 44, 44, 43, 42, 45 – 259 and 43, 46, 45, 46, 46, 48 – 274
Centre fire pistol pairs, gold: Australia (Phil Adams and Rod Hach) 1165 ex 1200
IoM - Phil Mason and Stuart Earle – 1084 (7/7) Mason 43, 45, 46, 46, 47, 47 – 274 and 47, 46, 46, 44, 36, 45 – 264 agg 538; Earle 46, 44, 48, 47, 42, 43 – 270 and 47, 49, 44, 46, 44, 46 – 276 agg 546
Olympic Trap individual, gold: Ian Peel (England) 195 ex 200
Chris Turner - 182 (11/22) 22, 23, 23, 23 – 91 and 91
Peter Kelly - 178 (15/22) 21, 23, 23, 22 – 89 and 89
Olympic Trap pairs, gold: England (Ian Peel and Peter Boden) 185 ex 200
IoM - Chris Turner and Peter Kelly - 174 (7/11) Turner 22, 21, 25, 22 – 90; Kelly 24, 19, 21, 20 – 84
Skeet individual
1, Nigel Kelly (Isle of Man) 196 ex 200 24, 24, 25, 25 – 98 and 24, 25, 24, 25 – 98
; 2, Joe Neville (England) 195; 2, Brian Gabrielle (Canada) 195 Andrew McKeown - 186 (12/22) 22, 23, 21, 24 – 90 and 24, 23, 25, 24 – 96
Skeet pairs, gold: England (Joe Neville and Ken Harman) 195
IoM - Nigel Kelly and Andrew McKeown 187 ex 200 (5/11) Kelly 24, 24, 24, 19 – 91; McKeown 22, 24, 25, 25 – 96

1986 Closing Ceremony
Party time: (left to right) Neil Macgregor, Harry Creevy, Lionel Cowin, Danaa Myhill, Frank Cofffey and Stephanie Quirk at the closing ceremony


Men's 100km team time trial, gold: England (Alan Gornall, Deno Davie, Paul Curran and Keith Reynolds) 2.13.16
IoM – Richard Fletcher, Mike Kelly, Steve Porter and Peter Kennaugh 2.21.15 at 7.59 (6/12)
Road race (105 miles), gold: Paul Curran (England)
Steve Porter - 16/35 at 5.36
Richard Fletcher - 18/35 at 5.37
Andy Nicholson - 25/35 at 24.54
Mike Kelly - 30/35 at one lap
1000m individual time trial, gold: Martin Vinnicombe (Australia) 1.06.23
Adrian Mooney - 1.12.51 (19/26)
Gary Hinds – 1.14.65 (20/26)
1000m sprint, gold: Gary Niewand (Australia)
Adrian Mooney – qualified for 1/16th final, second place in 1/16th heat, second place in 1/16th final repechage, qualified for 1/8th final. Third in heat, beaten in 1/8th final repechage
Gary Hinds - qualified for 1/16th final, beaten in heat, lost in repechage
10-mile scratch race, gold: Wayne McCarney (Australia)
Gary Hinds - 13/29
Adrian Mooney – DNF


Team, gold: England (Andy Goode, Fiona Elliot, Gillian Clark, Gillian Gowers, Helen Troke, N. Tier, Nick Yates, R. Outterside and Steve Baddeley)
IoM - Sharon Baird, Ian Anderson, Rosie Johnson and Paul Martin lost 5/0 to Hong Kong, Scotland, Guernsey and Canada
Women’s singles, gold: Helen Troke (England)
Sharon Baird - lost to Gillian Gowers (England) first round
Rosie Johnson – lost to T. Small (Australia) first round
Women’s doubles, gold: England (Gillian Gowers and Gillian Clark)
IoM - Sharon Baird and Rosie Johnson - lost 17/15, 15/9 to Barbara Beckett and Holly Lane (Northern Ireland) first round
Mixed doubles, gold: Australia (Audrey Tuckey and Mike Scandolera)
IoM - Sharon Baird and Paul Martin - beat Liam McKenna and Susan Gammie (Guernsey) 15/8, 15/11 first round, lost 15/1, 15/1 to Iain Pringle and Jenny Allen (Scotland) second round
Rosie Johnson and Ian Anderson - lost 15/3, 15/2 to Mike Scandolera and Audrey Tuckey (Australia) first round
Men’s doubles, gold: Scotland (Dan Travers and William Gilliland)
IoM - Ian Anderson and Paul Martin - beat Ali and Rashid (Maldives) 15/3, 15/0 first round, lost to Mike Scandolera and Paul Kong (Australia) second round