Chris McKivat

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameChristopher Hobart "Chris"•McKivat
Used nameChris•McKivat
Born27 November 1879 in Burrawang, New South Wales (AUS)
Died4 May 1941 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
Measurements173 cm
AffiliationsGlebe, Glebe (AUS)
NOC Australasia
Nationality Australia


Chris McKivat is considered one of Australia’s best rugby players in both codes, rugby union and rugby league. In both codes, he captained the Australian national team to victory on tours in Great Britain. A player for Glebe and New South Wales, he made his debut for the Wallabies in 1907, and then led the team on its first tour of Britain in 1908. In a match against Cornwall, in which McKivat scored one try, he won an Olympic gold medal. After returning to Australia, he switched codes to rugby league, playing for the Glebe Dirty Reds. He played test matches for the Kangaroos in 1910 (against New Zealand), and 1912, when he once more captained a tour of Great Britain. McKivat went on to become a coach, winning the 1922 Premiership with North Sydney. In 2005, he was inducted in the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Rugby (Rugby) ANZ AUS Chris McKivat
Rugby, Men (Olympic) Australasia 1 Gold