Ellen King

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Born 16 January 1909
Renfrew, Scotland
Died February 1994 (aged 85)
Parkgate, Cheshire, England
Sport Swimming
Club Warrender Baths Club, Edinburgh

Ellen Elizabeth King (later Pearson, 16 January 1909 – February 1994) was a Scottish swimmer who competed at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics. In 1924, although ill,[1] she finished sixth in the 100 m backstroke event and, aged 15, was the youngest participant.[2] In 1928 she won two silver medals, in the 4×100 m freestyle relay and 100 m backstroke events.[3]

In the late 1920s King held the world records in the 150 and 220 yard breaststroke.[4] At the 1930 British Empire Games she won a silver medal in the 100 yard freestyle and a bronze medal in the 200 yard breaststroke. As a member of the Scottish relay team she won her second bronze medal in the 4×100 yard freestyle competition.[3]

Ellen King swam for the Warrender Baths Club in Scotland[5] and was a swimming teacher at Edinburgh schools for forty years[6] until her retirement in 1974.[1] In 2002 she was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.[7]


  1. ^ a b Edinburgh's 100 Greatest The Edinburgh Evening News, Retrieved 11 December 2013
  2. ^ Hannan, Martin (17 November 2002) Scottish sports hall of fame: The nominees: Ellen King (1909–1994) Scotland on Sunday, Retrieved 14 February 2012
  3. ^ a b Ellen King. Sports Reference.com
  4. ^ Ellen King (Ellen Pearson) 1909 – 1994 Gazeteer for Scotland, Retrieved 11 December 2013
  5. ^ Staff (4 February 2006) Wonder of Warrender The Scotsman, Retrieved 25 January 2013
  6. ^ Staff (25 August 2001) Olympic medals are sold The Herald Scotland, Retrieved 6 February 2013
  7. ^ Ellen King, Swimming, Inducted 2001 Sport Scotland, Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, Retrieved 15 February 2013

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British women 4×100 m team at the 1928 Olympics, King is second from left