William Henry

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Intercalated Games
Full nameWilliam•Henry
Used nameWilliam•Henry
Other namesHenry William•Nawrocki
Born28 June 1859 in St. Pancras, England (GBR)
Died20 March 1928 in St. Pancras, England (GBR)
AffiliationsLondon Leander Swimming Club/Osborne Swimming Club, Manchester/Zephyr Swimming Club
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG IG
Gold 1 0
Silver 0 0
Bronze 0 1
Total 1 1


Aged 41 at the time, William Henry was in goal for the Osborne Swimming Club of Manchester that won the gold medal at the 1900 Paris Olympics. A member of the Life Saving Society at the time, he was a co-opted member of the Osborne club specifically for the Olympics. He also swam for the Leander Club in London, and competed in the 200 metres obstacle race and the 4,000 metres freestyle. He won a bronze medal at the 1906 Games in Athens in the 4 x 250 metres freestyle relay. Henry was at one time the honorary secretary of the Royal Life Saving Society.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GBR William Henry
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
4,000 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC r2/2
200 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) DNS
200 metres Obstacle Course, Men (Olympic) 6
Water Polo (Aquatics) GBR William Henry
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) Osborne Swimming Club, Manchester 1 Gold
1906 Intercalated Games Swimming (Aquatics) GBR William Henry
4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Intercalated) Great Britain 3 Bronze