Bermuda at the 1936 Summer Olympics

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Bermuda at the Olympic Games

Flag of Bermuda
IOC code  BER
NOC Bermuda Olympic Association
At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin
Competitors 5 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Whitfield Fredrick Hayward
Medals Gold
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Bermuda competed in the Summer Olympic Games for the first time at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. After gaining IOC recognition in February 1936, Bermuda were invited to take part in the 1936 Summer Olympics. With the financial backing of Sir Howard Trott, a team of swimmers would be sent. Whitfield Fredrick "Chummy" Hayward a successful businessman and an accomplished athlete, arranged for American coach William Brooks to come to Bermuda to train the swimmers and also persuaded Leonard Spence an ex-world breaststroke record holder[1] to move from British Guiana to Bermuda in order to compete for them. He traveled to Berlin as the team manager, and carried the flag at the opening ceremony.[2]


Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Percy Belvin 200 m breaststroke 3:09.08 5 Did not advance
Edmund Cooper 400 m freestyle 5:53.8 5 Did not advance
John Young 100 m freestyle 1:07.8 6 Did not advance
Leonard Spence 100 m freestyle 1:01.9 4 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:52.0 1 Q Disqualified
Edmund Cooper
Leonard Spence
Dudley Spurling
John Young
4x200m freestyle relay 10:50.5 5 N/A Did not advance


  1. ^ "World records". ISHOF. Retrieved 29 Aug 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bermuda Biography". Bermuda Biographies. Retrieved 29 Aug 2013.