The LC Swansea Olympian Tribute Statues Unveiled
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.