Bruce has had an outstanding weightlifting career attending three Commonwealth Games. His first appearance was at the 1966 Kingston British Empire and Commonwealth Games in the 60kg division where he placed 8th.

Selected again in 1970 Edinburugh Commonwealth Games, Bruce won a bronze medal in the 67.5kg division.

Four years on Bruce competed at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games again winning a bronze medal in the 67.5 kg division.

Post his Games career, Bruce held a position on the New Zealand Olympic Team Selection Committee from 1977-2005.

Bruce was awarded an IOC Olympic Order Holder in 1994 and also awarded an Olympic Order Holder NZ in 2006.

Receiving an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Sport in the 2006 New Year Honours List.


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Bruce's Games History