Peter Heatly was a diver for Portobello Amateur Swimming Club. He represented Scotland and Great Britain in competitions around the world, dominating diving in Scotland for 21 years. He was the East of Scotland Diving Champion from 1937-1939 and the Scottish Diving Champion from 1946-1958. He was also Scottish Freestyle swimming champion and record holder over several distances from 1942-1946. Heatly, a self-taught diver, won Commonwealth Games gold medals for 10 metre highboard diving in 1950 and 1958 and a gold for three metre springboard diving in 1954. He became chairman of the International Diving Committee and also chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982 to 1990.