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Peter Heatly

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePeter•Heatly
Used namePeter•Heatly
Born9 June 1924 in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland (GBR)
Died17 September 2015 in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland (GBR)
AffiliationsPortobello ASC, Edinburgh (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Peter Heatly won his first title, the East of Scotland title, in 1937 and despite losing many of his peak years to World War II went on to dominate Scottish and latterly British diving for the late 1940s and most of the 50s. In international competition he won a bronze medal in the platform event at the European Championships in 1954 but his greatest successes came representing Scotland in the British Empire (now Commonwealth) Games where he won five medals including three golds. Heatly won the platform event in 1950 and 1958 and the springboard in 1954. The last of his titles came at the advanced age, for a diver, of 34. Although he qualified as a civil engineer he was better known as a key figure in sports administration and served as Chairman of the Scottish Sports Council for more than a decade.

He was also Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982-90 including the boycott-hit 1986 edition that was held in his home city of Edinburgh. Heatly was awarded a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 1971 and a knighthood in 1990.

Sir Peter’s grandson, James Heatly, followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a diver and was a gold medallist on the springboard at the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) GBR Peter Heatly
Springboard, Men (Olympic) 13
Platform, Men (Olympic) 5
1952 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) GBR Peter Heatly
Springboard, Men (Olympic) 16
Platform, Men (Olympic) 12

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President Commonwealth Games Federation 1982—1990 GBR Peter Heatly

Olympic family relations

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