More Olympic Memories

on Sunday, 15 July 2012.

Ellen King 1909 - 1994

More Olympic Memories

Ellen King was an outstanding swimmer who won six British swimming championships, two world records and two silver medals in the 1928 Olympics.

Born in Renfrew, she spent most of her life in Edinburgh. A member of Warrender Baths Club, she represented Britain at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, finishing 6th in the 100 yards backstroke. She went on to win two silver medals in the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928, for the 150 yards backstroke and the ladies relay race.

She won all Scottish Championship titles from 50 to 440 yards, and won six British Championships during her career. She broke the world records for the 220 yards breaststroke and the 150 yards backstroke in 1927 and 1928.

After her amateur career, King taught swimming in Edinburgh schools. She continued to swim until after her 80th birthday.

She was posthumously inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Scottish Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010.

Olympic Memories

on Saturday, 14 July 2012.


Olympic Memories

Self-taught Scottish diver Peter Heatly was 24 when he was called up to the Great Britain team for his first major international event.

He recalls the mood surrounding the 1948 Games as one of excitement and wonder.

"Everyone was fascinated with the fact they were being held in London," he says. "It felt like a new start after the war. The world had taken a better turn.

"Everything is so sophisticated nowadays but the great thing in 1948 was just to have been there.

"I can remember the Wembley pool very well and the great capacity audiences.

"I suppose I was a bit of a celebrity but I never thought of it that way. I was too busy trying to do well and I was so absorbed by meeting so many people from all over the world. The whole thing was a great excitement."

Heatly, who is now 88, came fifth in the highboard diving in 1948 and went on to win gold medals for Scotland in the 1950, 1954 and 1958 Commonwealth Games.

He was chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982 to 1990, was knighted in 1990 for his services to sport and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 .

Despite his status, Heatly is well aware that when he turns up to watch the men's diving at London 2012, someone else will be hogging the limelight.

"I've met Tom Daley before and he is a delightful young fellow," says Heatly. "He has done very well so far and has a great chance."


on Monday, 09 July 2012.

Saturday 8th September


The Lothian Region Swim Group present the Annual Iain Macfadyen Memorial Gala - Mini Age Group Meet for those swimmers who were not medallists or finalists in the East District Age Groups.


Closing date: Thursday 9th August 2012