Belle Moore

(B.1894 - D.1975)
Swimming
Inducted in 2012

Scottish freestyle swimmer Belle Moore competed in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, which was the first year that women’s swimming was permitted. At the age of 17 years and 226 days, Moore was the lead member of the winning relay team and is the youngest British woman ever to win an Olympic swimming gold at a Summer games. Moore is also Scotland’s only female swimmer to achieve the ultimate prize – accolades that have stood for 100 years. She had been introduced to swimming at a young age when Glasgow City Council introduced mandatory lessons for all pupils and by the age of 17 she was already an instructor. After the decision to allow two women’s swimming events in the 1912 Olympics, Moore, along with teammates Jennie Fletcher, Anne Speirs and Irene Steer, were among the 27 women that competed in the landmark competitions. Finishing in a time of five minutes and 52 seconds, it broke the world record and the women were amongst the last athletes that received solid gold medals at the Olympics. Moore returned to Glasgow after her win but emigrated to the state of Maryland in USA with her new husband George Cameron two years later. She kept swimming and the following year set the 200m record which remained intact for many years. Moore taught hundreds of youngsters how to swim before she died in 1975 aged 80, even giving a demonstration at the Young Women’s Christian Association one week before she passed away.

Belle Moore