Elenor Gordon

(B.1933 - D.2014)
Swimming
Inducted in 2003

In 1950, 16-year-old Elenor Gordon and her chaperone set off on a six-week voyage to the Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) in New Zealand. Elenor returned with the first ever Gold medal won by a Scottish woman in those Games after setting a Games record in the 220 yards breaststroke. Two years later, at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, she was the only Briton to win a swimming medal. But the final was controversial. It included both breaststroke and butterfly swimmers – the butterfly being a new style, and also a faster one. Gordon finished third to two butterfly swimmers. At the 1954 Commonwealth Games, Gordon won gold in the medley relay and gold in the 220 yards breatstroke.

Elenor Gordon
  • Elenor Gordon