Story: Swimming

Training for competition, 1958

This newsreel footage shows four women swimmers, Philippa Gould, Kay Sawyers, Tessa Staveley and Jennifer Hunter, training before their departure for the 1958 Empire Games in Cardiff. Philippa Gould had previously broken 200-metre, 220-yard, 100-metre and 110-yard world backstroke records, and demonstrates her swimming and turning technique for the cameras. At the games Tessa Staveley won silver in the 110-yard butterfly, while Gould had to content herself with a bronze in the 110-yard backstroke.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 77. National Film Unit, 1958

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John McBeth, 'Swimming - Great swimmers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by John McBeth, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015