Leeds swimming gold medallist subject of book

A LEEDS author is writing the biography of a local girl who won the hearts of thousands through her international sporting achievements as a swimmer.

Doris Storey won two gold medals at the British Empire Games in Sydney in Australia 1938.

She was 19 and won the women's 200 metres breaststroke establishing a new world record, and was a member of the winning relay team.

On her return thousands of people lined York Road to welcome her home.

Two years earlier she took part in the Munich Olympics where she was expected to win gold after being fastest in the heats. But she swam with a fractured arm.

Until her visit to Germany, the furthest she had been from her home in York Road in east Leeds was Scarborough. She worked as a machinist at Burton's Hudson Road clothing factory in east Leeds.

Shortly before her death at the age of 86 in October, 2005, she was honoured at the Sydney pool where she won her two gold medals.

A trophy has been established in her name and will be awarded annually in south Leeds.

Leeds writer Norman Harding is now writing a book about her life.

He has appealed to people who knew Mrs Storey to come forward with information and photographs. Mrs Storey's family are co-operating in the venture.

Mr Harding said: "I am looking for information about her school days and her working at Burtons Clothing factory as a machinist.

Doris attended either the York Road Board School or Saville Green and left school at 14 in 1932.

Mr Harding can be contacted at 44, Woodview Court, Eastwood Drive LS14 5QH, tel 0113 2606147, email normanharding1@hotmail. co.uk