Percy Oliver
Personal information
Full namePercival Cale Oliver
National team Australia
Born(1919-04-01)1 April 1919
Perth, Western Australia
Died9 July 2011(2011-07-09) (aged 92)
Perth, Western Australia
StrokesFreestyle, backstroke
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing Australia
British Empire Games
Gold medal – first place 1938 Sydney 110 yd backstroke
Bronze medal – third place 1938 Sydney 3x110 yd medley

Percival Cale Oliver (1 April 1919 – 9 July 2011) was an Australian backstroke swimmer who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Oliver was born in Nedlands, Western Australia and attended Hale School. He won 13 freestyle and backstroke Australian titles.[1]

At the age seventeen he competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, where he finished seventh in the 100-metre backstroke.

Two years later he won gold in the 110-yard backstroke at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney. He also won a bronze medal as member of the Australian team in the 3x110-yard medley contest and competed in the 110-yard freestyle.

Oliver went on to teach at Mt Lawley and Hollywood Senior High Schools before taking over the administration of the Education Department's vacation swimming program.[1]

He died on 9 July 2011 at the age of 92.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Ray (13 July 2011). "Olympian put in the hard yards". The West Australian. p. 19.
  2. ^ Tributes as WA's oldest Olympian is laid to rest