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  • Sporting activities


  • Amateur


  • 1930s

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Title: ELLEN

Reference number: 7133

Date: 1930's

Sound: silent

Original format: 9.5mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 8.21 mins

Description: A film showing various swimming and synchronised swimming techniques demonstrated by Ellen King, a former Scottish swimming champion. Also includes footage of King teaching and of a men's diving demonstration.

Entry on the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame website as follows: http://www.sshf.co.uk/inductees/show/33 [last accessed 19/1/2009]

Ellen King (1909 - 1994) Swimming
Ellen was one of Scotland's greatest swimmers. In the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928, she won two silver medals - for the 150 yards backstroke and the ladies relay race. King spent most of her life in Edinburgh and swam at the Warrender Baths Club. She won all Scottish Championship titles from 50 to 440 yards, and won six British Championships during her career. She broke the world records for the 220 yards breaststroke and the 150 yards backstroke in 1927 and 1928. After her amateur career, King taught swimming in Edinburgh schools. She continued to swim until after her 80th birthday.
* Olympic silver medal, 150 yards backstroke, 1928
* Olympic silver medal, ladies relay race, 1928

Shotlist: [shotlisted from speed corrected tape, manual control track]

[no title] gv open air swimming pool with banked seating, fountain (0.17) shots of Ellen King teaching young boy to swim (0.50) shots of EK walking around pool (0.59) various shots of EK demonstrating swimming technique in pool: diving (1.08) floating with toy yacht sails on stomach (1.19) diving and surfacing (1.40) horizontal roll/twist (1.58) floating with raised legs (2.04) slow breaststroke (2.15) slow motion breaststroke (2.34) breaststroke backwards (2.43) standing position and 'dolphin' diving (3.04) crawl, normal time and slow motion (3.25) backstroke normal time and slow motion (3.53) side stroke (?) and slow backstroke (4.11) dive and roll (4.28) doggy paddle (4.44) swimming and 'walking' underwater (5.08) diving feet first (5.17) brief shot of rolling crawl (5.20) floating with leg raised (5.39) circle dive (6.00) swimming sideways (6.12) crawl and dive with raised legs (6.25) dive, resurfacing feet first (6.29) shots of men's diving competition or demonstration in front of large crowd (7.21) male diver in long dress performing comical diving and swimming routine (8.21)