Spreading the Word

  • Dave DayEmail author
  • Margaret Roberts


The evolution of swimming as a global sport was initiated by professionals in the mid-nineteenth century well before the Amateur Swimming Association became seriously involved in the twentieth century. Swimming professors and their families took their skills abroad and this chapter demonstrates how some remained there as swimming teachers while others found that travelling afforded them with entertainment opportunities that were increasingly being constrained at home. The chapter then explores the lives of those who took their skills to America and established careers in the colleges, where they were instrumental in developing collegiate competitions. The authors conclude by discussing the experiences of some professionals who stayed at home before arguing that the loss of expertise abroad resulted in a rapid decline in British international competitiveness.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History, Politics and PhilosophyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.Independent ResearcherCreweUK

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