Didn’t we do well
Many of New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games team members exceeded their own expectations, and possibly ours, and we are rightly proud of them.
While a number didn’t quite achieve their goal at least they were there competing. The whole thing was a great spectacle.
But the media still seems unable to go the extra distance in regard to the so-called ‘‘Medal Table’’, which ranks nations in order of gold medals won. This is a simplistic, convenient, though lazy, approach.
There are huge disparities between competing nations in terms of size, population, resources (money, facilities, etc), disciplines pursued, competing athletes, etc. Further, if we must have table rankings, we should factor in the worth of gold, silver and bronze (say 3, 2 and 1 respectively).
So, based on medal worth and population, we did exceedingly better than the four nations ahead of us: Australia, India, England and Canada, but not as well as 10th-placed Cyprus, nor, for example, as well as 17th-placed Samoa.
Former British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli was right when he said: ‘‘Lies, darned lies, and statistics.’’ GARRY WHINCOP Napier