Harold H. HARDWICK

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    2 B
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Stockholm 1912
  • Year of Birth
    1888
Olympic Results

Biography

Harold H. HARDWICK

Harold Hardwick began swimming at an early age and, at age 16 while attending Fort Street High School, he became the Sydney Public Schools' swimming champion. He also played rugby in the school's first XV and captained its lifesaving team. A regular at Frederick Cavill's baths, Hardwick mastered the new “Australian crawl” stroke invented by Dick Cavill and learned the Trudgeon stroke for long distances.

Hardwick won New South Wales championships in the 100 yds freestyle in 1908-09, and 220 yds, 300 yds, 440 yds, and mile freestyle in 1909. In 1911 Hardwick won the 220 yds, 440 yds and 880 yds freestyle at the Australasian Championships and was sent to represent Australasia at the Festival of Empire in London, a precursor to the Commonwealth Games to commemorate the coronation of George V. At London, Hardwick competed in both swimming and boxing, something he had first trained in at age 10, winning the Empire 100 yds title and two days later the Empire heavyweight title. He also won the 100 yds, 220 yds and 440 yds freestyles at the 1911 British Amateur Swimming Association championships and on his return home was named Australian Sportsman of the Year.

Hardwick competed at the 1912 Olympics, where he was a member of the Australasian team that won the 4x200 m freestyle relay gold with world records of 10:14.0, set in round one, and 10:11.2 in the final. Hardwick also won bronze medals in the 400 m and 1,500 m freestyles.

After returning from the Olympics, Hardwick stopped swimming internationally, concentrating on boxing and rugby. In 1910, Hardwick had been selected for New South Wales to play rugby against a visiting American universities team and representing Eastern Suburbs RUFC, Hardwick won the Sydney premierships (later named Shute Shield) in 1913. In 1914 Hardwick won the New South Wales amateur heavyweight boxing championship and in 1915 he turned professional, signing to appear for the promoter Snowy Baker. The same year, Hardwick won the Australian heavyweight title, but lost it to Les Darcy in February 1916. Hardwick’s career was interrupted by World War I and he finished his boxing career with a record of 4 wins (1 KO) and 5 losses (3 KOs). Hardwick was also a founding member of Manly Surf Club and won the New South Wales surf lifesaving championships with them in 1914.

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Stockholm 1912

#3 h1 r2/4
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
B
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
B
1,500 metres Freestyle
1,500 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming