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Billy Quick

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Sidney "Billy"•Quick
Used nameBilly•Quick
Born19 April 1902 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales (GBR)
DiedJuly 1994 in Swansea, Swansea, Wales (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Goalkeeper Billy Quick was second choice to Les Ablett at the 1928 Olympics and appeared in just one game, the 8-1 defeat by France in the third-place tournament. The match was notable for being the final appearance, after five Olympic water polo tournaments, of Quick’s fellow Welshman Paul Radmilovic. Quick was captain of the Swansea Swimming Club for more than 30 years since being appointed in 1926. He also had the honour of captaining Wales after World War II. Under Quick’s captaincy, Swansea were the National Water Polo champions five years in succession 1930-34. After his playing days, he turned to coaching and served on the committee of the Glamorgan County ASA, and in 1950 was appointed to the committee of the newly-formed West Wales ASA.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) GBR Billy Quick
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 4