Graham Symonds

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Graham Symonds
Personal information
Born(1936-03-21)21 March 1936
Coventry, Great Britain
Died2 June 2006(2006-06-02) (aged 70)
Essex, Great Britain

Graham Henry Symonds (21 March 1937 – 2 June 2006) was an English swimmer.

Swimming career[edit]

He represented Great Britain in the Olympics and European championships. Symonds won a bronze medal in the 200 m butterfly at the 1958 European Aquatics Championships.[1] He competed in the same event at the 1956 Summer Olympics, but did not reach the finals.[2]

He represented England and won a silver medal in the 220 yards butterfly and a bronze medal in the medley relay at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales.[3][4] He won the 1954 ASA National Championship 440 yards freestyle title [5] and the 220 yards butterfly title in 1955.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Symonds was born in Coventry and studied at the Coventry Art School. He was first coached by his father, a semi-professional football player. After retiring from swimming he worked at the technical publications department of the Armstrong Siddeley's aircraft division. He then designed tractors at Massey Ferguson, worked for Chrysler Rootes, and in 1967 joined Ford. In the 1980s–90s he worked in Dearborn, Michigan, US, designing medium and large trucks, such as Ford Transit. During that time he also competed in masters swimming. He returned to UK in 1998 to assume the post of assistant director of design of small and medium Ford vehicles at Dunton Wayletts, Essex. He retired in 2002 and died in 2006 in Essex, leaving wife Ina and children Heather, Brett and Andrea.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Graham SYMONDS.
  2. ^ Graham Symonds Archived 2012-12-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  4. ^ "1958 Athletes". Team England.
  5. ^ ""Brockway Wins 110 Yards Back-Stroke Again." Times, 15 Sept. 1954, p. 3". Times Digital Archive.
  6. ^ ""British Swimming Best Since War." Times, 5 Sept. 1955, p. 13". Times Digital Archive.
  7. ^ Sam Clarke (6 June 2006). Graham was one of city's great people. Coventry Telegraph
  8. ^ Heather Symonds (3 July 2006). Graham Symonds. The Guardian.