Ian Black

Date Of Birth: 27 June 1941

Discipline:  Swimming (Butterfly)

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 2010

IAN BLACK began his swimming career at Robert Gordon’s College Junior School in Aberdeen. His medals, titles and records – both European and Worldwide – make his one of the finest swimmers to have come from Scotland.

Ian Black was the first Scot to win the 1958 BBC Sports Personality of the year award at the age of 17 after his notable success at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the European Championships, Budapest held in the same year. At the Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff, Black won Silver in the 440 yards Freestyle event with a time of 4:28.5. His second medal at the 1958 Games was the 220 yards Butterfly event, where he won Gold. To finish off his excellent run of medals he took Silver in the 4x220 yards Freestyle relay.

Ian also represented Great Britain in the 1960 Olympics, however was unlucky not to return home with a medal. After a notable swimming career, Ian became a school head teacher holding positions in Hong Kong and Scotland – most notably as head of his old Junior School, Robert Gordon’s College. Ian retired in 2004. 

Achievements

220yds Butterfly
1958British Empire and Commonwealth Games Cardiff, WalesGold
440yds Freestyle
1958British Empire and Commonwealth Games Cardiff, WalesSilver
4x220 yds Freestyle Relay
1958British Empire and Commonwealth Games Cardiff, WaleSilver
400m Freestyle
1958European Championships Budapest, HungaryGold
1500m Freestyle
1958European Championships Budapest, HungaryGold
200m Butterfly
1958European Championships Budapest, HungaryGold