Catherine Brown (deceased)

Date Of Birth: 21 March 1931

Discipline:   Swimming (Freestyle and Backstroke)

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 2010

CATHERINE BROWN was born in to a strong swimming family – her father worked at the local swimming pool and her two brothers were heavily involved in water polo – Catherine was destined to follow in their footsteps and take to the water. Catherine trained for eight hours a day and held down a full- time job as a clerk during her 16 year career in which she achieved 29 UK records.

The European Championships in 1947 saw Catherine win Silver medals in the 400m freestyle and the 100m Backstroke and a Bronze in the 4x100m Freestyle relay. In 1948, Catherine made her maiden journey to London to compete in the Olympic Games, winning Bronze in the 400m Freestyle. This turned out to be Britain’s only medal in the 1948 Olympic Games.   


Olympic Games (London)
1948400m Freestyle Bronze
European Championships Monte Carlo
1947100m Backstroke Silver
1947400m Freestyle Silver
19474x100m Freestyle RelayBronze