London West End shop worker Madge Moulton had won the 1933 Essex Ladies Diving Championship at 16, and competed in the Empire Games in Auckland (8th) in 1934 before going to the Berlin Olympics, and all before she was 20. Having been a member of the Ilford Swimming Club, she moved to the Islander Ladies’ Diving Club in 1937, and finished third in the high diving event at the ASA Championships that year. She won the ASA title in 1938, and on the day of her success announced her engagement to her coach Harold Batt. She finished sixth in the European Championships at Wembley that same year. Another third in the nationals followed in 1939 before World War II broke out when, sadly, her husband was killed on active service in France.