Who’s Paulo Radmilovic?
Paulo was born in Cardiff in 1886. He is best known for competing in 5 Olympic Games and winning 4 gold medals for Great Britain during his Olympic career.
What did he do?
Paulo’s success came from the men’s water polo and swimming events at the London 1908 games, Stockholm in 1912 and Antwerp in 1920. His achievements remained a British record until 1996 when Tessa Sanderson competed in her sixth games and later in 2000 when Steve Redgrave won his fifth gold medal in the Sydney games.
A few facts…
- Born to a Croatian father and an Irish mother
- He was affectionately known as the ‘Shark Man of the Taff’
- If the 1916 Olympic Games had not been cancelled due to World War 1, Paulo would have competed in 6 events
- He still swam 400 metres a day aged 78
- Died aged 82 in 1968 in Weston-super-Mare where he lived
- Paulo ran the Imperial Hotel in Weston for many years
- In 1967, Paulo was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He was only the second Briton ever to be given the honour
Paulo has been described as Wales' greatest Olympian and for this reason; The LC Swansea will be unveiling two full size commemorative statues on Friday 11th July at 11am. The aim is to remind people of Paulo’s incredible accomplishments and to act as an inspiration to the next generation of athletes. It is most fitting that these statues are now displayed in LC Swansea with our strong sporting heritage and position as a city of sport
Richard Proctor, Chief Executive of Bay Leisure Ltd, will be available throughout event which will last approximately 1 ½ hours. There will be an opportunity for interviews, filming and photography during this time.
If you’d like to find out more about this event, just pop in to the LC or give us a call on 01792 466500.
After months of relentless work with Big Wave Media (and great support from Aaron), the LC are pleased to announce the launch of their brand new website designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation. Our new website is updated with all of our latest information about everything we offer here at the LC and there are some exciting new changes including some fun interactive games with our very own Tommy the Turtle.
With its brand new look and design we hope you enjoy the new site.
The weather was on our side for the final children’s run which completed the most successful series of runs with Bryn Y Mor topping the rankings with 282 children running over the two runs. Dragon multi skill sports as well as our LC staff were on hand to keep everyone entertained prior to the race.
Can you recognise anyone in these pictures??
The latest fitness craze 'Insanity' is coming soon to the LC. Laurie, one of our fitness team, is currently perfecting her class ready to launch in time to get your beach body ready – who will be brave enough to give it a go??
The LC is pleased to announce that Ella, from Waun Wen Primary School, has won this year’s LC Christmas Banner competition! There was some tough competition from pupils across Swansea, however, Ella's banner stood out by being very colourful, Christmassy and we loved the picture of Santa having a blast on the Boardrider!
The banner can now be seen in the LC reception area by all our visitors and it promotes the LC's Christmas Splash, which will be running until 24th December.
The LC would like to congratulate Ella and everyone else who entered. Ella has won a free trip to the LC for her entire class!
We look forward to seeing you soon!