Eleanor was born in 1945 in Kilmarnock and was one of the clubs greatest ever swimmers. Like her colleagues Margaret McDowall and Jim MacTaggart she not only represented the club at district and national level but also Scotland and Great Britain.
Eleanor was first and foremost a butterfly swimmer of the highest order but her freestyle wasn’t that bad either as she also won several national events at that stroke as well. However it was in butterfly that she gained fame holding many Scottish and GB records. In 1964 she became Scottish Champion at 100 and 200meters butterfly and also at freestyle which even today would still be a great feet.
Her times for these events are as follows:
Butterfly 100m – 71.7secs (Scottish and Scottish All Comers record), Butterfly 200m – 2m 0.9secs (Scottish Record), Freestyle 100m – 67.1secs, Freestyle 200m – 2m 28.8secs.
On the 12 June 1965 she again broke her Scottish 100m Butterfly record swim against Glenda Philips of Wales in a Celtic Swimming International. Butterfly 100m – 70.8secs.
In 1965 and again 1966 Eleanor added the Scottish I/Medley titles to her CV. She also represented Scotland at the Empire Games in Jamaica in 1966.
Eleanor was an extremely determined swimmer and as such wished to pursue her career further afield. This was totally down to the lack of training facilities not only in Kilmarnock but also within Scotland. In 1967 she immigrated to Australia where she was coached by one of the most famous coaches in world swimming, Forbes Carlile. When she retired from swimming competitively she took up the coaching mantle for the Australian National team.
Sadly Eleanor passed away in January 2018.
Full details on Eleanor’s swimming record are to be found on Kilmarnock ASC Scottish Champions page.