David Hawkins had the following podium finishes at major championships: 1st in the 1950 British Empire Games 220 yards Breaststroke, 1st in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games 4×220 yards Freestyle Relay (with Gary Chapman, Jon Henricks, and Rex Aubrey), 1st in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games 3×110 yards Medley Relay (with Jon Henricks and the non-Olympian Cyrus Weld). In the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games 220 yards Breaststroke Hawkins finished fourth.
|1952 Summer||18||Helsinki||Swimming||Men's 200 metres Breaststroke||Australia||AUS||6 h2 r2/3|
|1952 Summer||18||Helsinki||Swimming||Australia||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||6||2:39.8|
|1952 Summer||18||Helsinki||Swimming||Australia||Round One||Heat Four||2||QU||2:41.2|