Ellen King (deceased)

Date Of Birth: 16 January 1909
Place Of Birth: Renfrew, Scotland

Discipline: Swimming (Freestyle and Backstroke)

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 2010

ELLEN KING swam in two Olympic Games and The British Empire Games between 1924 and 1930 and won five medals. Ellen began her swimming career at Warrender baths in Edinburgh and won all Scottish Championship titles from 50 to 440 yards and won six British Championships during her career. 

In 1924, Ellen was sixth in the 100m backstroke event and four years later in the 1928 Olympic Games she achieved two Silver medals in the 100m Backstroke and the 4x100m Freestyle relay. In the 1930 British Empire Games, Ellen won Silver in the 100 yd Freestyle and bronze in the 200 yd Breaststroke. She also won Bronze in the 4x100 yd Freestyle relay.  

Ellen taught swimming in Edinburgh schools when she retired from professional swimming and continued to swim until after her 80th birthday. Ellen was inducted in the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.


Olympic Games, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1928100m Backstroke Silver
19284x100m FreestyleSilver
European Championships, Bologna, Italy
19274x100m FreestyleGold
British Empire Games, Hamilton, Canada
1930100yd Freestyle Silver
1930220yd BreaststrokeBronze
19304x100yd FreestyleBronze