Elenor/Helen Gordon (deceased)

Date Of Birth: 10 May 1935
Place Of Birth: Hamilton, Scotland

Discipline: Swimming (Breaststroke)

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 2010

ELENOR GORDON was the talented daughter of the Hamilton Baths manager and in 1950 at the age of 16 was the first ever Scottish woman to win a Gold Medal at the Empire Games. Her win in the 220 yards Breaststroke also makes her Scotland’s youngest ever Gold medallist.

In the 1952 Olympic games held in Helsinki, Elenor/Helen was the only British swimmer to win a medal, coming home with a Bronze, however this was a controversial race as Butterfly was included in the final alongside Breaststroke; this was a new style and faster than Breaststroke, however Elenor/Helen held her nerve and came 3rd overall.


Olympic Games, Helsinki, Finland
1952200m BreaststrokeBronze
British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Vancouver, Canada
1954220yd BreaststrokeGold
19543x110yd MedleyGold
British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Auckland, NZ
1950220yd Breaststroke Gold
British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Auckland, NZ
19503x110yd MedleyBronze