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Belle White

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameIsabel Mary "Belle"•White (-Edwards)
Used nameBelle•White
Born1 September 1894 in Willesden, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died24 June 1972 in Muswell Hill, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsHammersmith Ladies SC, London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Belle White had a long and successful diving career. She took up the sport in 1912, and that same year was selected for the Stockholm Olympics and became Britain’s first ever diving medallist when she took bronze in the platform event. She went on to compete at three more post-War Games, 1920 (4th), 1924 (6th) and 1928, when she was nearly 34-years-of-age, and was the oldest member of the British diving squad. In addition to winning the national high diving titles six times in 1922-23, 1925-28, she was the inaugural European women’s platform champion at Bologna in 1927. White retired from active competition in 1930 and was elected a vice-president of the Amateur Diving Association. She was one of the diving judges at the 1948 London Olympic and the Belle White National Memorial Trophy (formerly the Belle White Trophy), presented to the best women’s diving team of the year, was inaugurated in her honour in 1935.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) GBR Belle White
Plain High, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1920 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) GBR Belle White
Plain High, Women (Olympic) 4
1924 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) GBR Belle White
Plain High, Women (Olympic) 6
1928 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) GBR Belle White
Platform, Women (Olympic) 4 p1 r1/2

Special Notes


The 1939 England and Wales Register calls her Isabelle and gives her DOB as 1 Sept 1895, not 1894. However, all the following official documents call her Isabel (not Isabelle): (1) London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1920 (2) 1901 England Census (3) England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007 (4) England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995