Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hammy Smith

It is with sadness that Scottish Swimming announces the death of Hugh Hamilton Smith, or ‘Hammy’ as he was better known.

Smith swam for Paisley and Scotland in the 1950s and was Scotland's chief coach at the 1970 Commonwealth Games. Smith was also an assistant coach on the Great Britain 1964 Olympic team and went on to coach ten Olympians and thirty internationals.

Smith taught PE in Paisley and coached the school's swimmers after graduating. He went onto teach in Canada and was invited to become England's first national swimming coach with the English Swimming Association.

He also lectured physical education at what is now the University of Edinburgh, was Scotland's swimming director for ten years and won GB's 'Coach of the Year' in 1975 and in 2002 received a lifetime achievement award from the British Swimming Coaches Association.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Frances and sons Andrew and Neil.