He is the only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, world and Olympic swimming titles at the same time  and was the first British swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal since Anita Lonsbrough in At 11 years old his parents sent him back to Scotland as a boarding school pupil at Daniel Stewart's College in Edinburgh,  and, while a student there, he joined the Warrender Baths Club , one of Scotland's most successful swimming clubs. In Wilkie swam representing Britain for the first time in an international swimming contest swimming against the Russian metre breaststroke world record-holder Nikolai Pankin. Wilkie broke the British record for the metre breastroke in an international match against Denmark in July This was the first time in the Association's history that both awards had gone to the same person in the same year.
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I 've been to many changing rooms in my long and ahem illustrious swimming life ; I hope I have seen the worst and suspect I'll never see the best. I've also swum where there were no changing rooms — it's the downside to "wild" swimming or upside when you consider the state of some of them. I've been around long enough to see "progress" that sometimes doesn't feel like that. And having once got changed out of a wetsuit in a minibus with nine other people I hardly knew after a swim in a glacial lake in freezing rain, you'd imagine I'd be loth to moan about basic facilities.
Prehistoric man learnt to swim in order to cross rivers and lakes — we know this because cave paintings from the Stone Age depicting swimmers have been found in Egypt. Swimming was also referred to in Greek mythology. Swimming was not widely practised until the early 19th century, when the National Swimming Society of Great Britain began to hold competitions. Most early swimmers used the breaststroke, or a form of it.