Gwendoline Porter

Gwendoline Alice Porter (25 April 1902 – 29 August 1993)[1] was a British track and field athlete who competed mainly in the 100 metres. She was born in Ilford, London. She worked in the head office of an insurance company.

Gwendoline Porter
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Great Britain
Women's World Games
Gold medal – first place 1922 Paris 4×110 yd
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1932 Los Angeles 4×100 m relay

In 1922 she participated at the Women's Olympiad in Paris and won the gold medal in the 4×110 yds relay (with Mary Lines, Nora Callebout, Daisy Leach and Porter as fourth runner) setting a new world record.

In 1932 she was one of five women entered by the Women's Amateur Athletic Association at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics as Britain's first female Olympians in athletics events, together with Ethel Johnson, Eileen Hiscock, Nellie Halstead, and seventeen-year-old Violet Webb. They sailed for five days from Southampton to Quebec and then travelled a further 3000 miles by train before arriving in Los Angeles.[2] In the 4 x 100 metres women's relay she won the bronze medal with her team mates Eileen Hiscock, Violet Webb (replacing the injured Johnson) and Nellie Halstead. In the women's 100 metres she came 4th in her heat.


  1. ^ OlyMADMen (2021). "Gwen Porter". 68759. Archived from the original on 20 March 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  2. ^ Watman, Mel. "Women athletes between the world wars". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/103699. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)