Margaret McEleny, MBE

(B.1965)
Swimming
Inducted in 2012

Maggi McEleny is one of Scotland’s most successful female swimmers of recent times and has a Paralympic medal haul of three gold, five silver and seven bronze. McEleny – who suffers from paraplegia and epilepsy – represented Great Britain at four consecutive Paralympic Games from 1992 to 2004. Today, she continues to hold the European record for the 50-metre breaststroke and the world record for the 100-metre breaststroke. In Atlanta 1996, she collected more medals than any other British swimmer, with her renowned efficient stroke technique and elegant style of swimming. In Sydney, McEleny carried the flag at the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games, after being voted for by her team mates, and was proud to involve her coach who pushed her wheelchair during the ceremony. That same year she was awarded an MBE for her achievements. Unfortunately McEleny had to retire from competitive swimming due to a tracheostomy prior to the Beijing Olympics. She continues to swim with the aid of a device called a larkel and inspires others by coaching swimmers at her former club Port Glasgow Otters. McEleny was also involved in the London 2012 Paralympics, as she was one of the torch bearers during the relay route to the capital.

Margaret McEleny, MBE