Alec Wales

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlbert Thomas "Alec"•Wales
Used nameAlec•Wales
Born4 December 1916 in Stepney, England (GBR)
Died1975 in Wrexham, Wales (GBR)
AffiliationsRegent Street Polytechnic GC, Westminster (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


In 1937, Alec Wales of the Northampton Polytechnic Institute (London) ended Arthur Whitford’s nine-year reign as British gymnastics champion. Wales was runner-up the following year and third in 1939, when Whitford won his record 10th title. That year, Wales was also a member of the Northampton team that won the British men’s team title. He won a second team title with the Swansea YMCA team in 1948. After ending his active career, Wales became a gymnastics coach.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GBR Alec Wales
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 83
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 12
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 87
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 116
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 67
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 86
Rings, Men (Olympic) 71
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 39