Distinguished Professional Footballer, Scotland International and Glasgow Rangers Hall of Fame Inductee
Derek James Parlane was born on the 5th May 1953 in Helensburgh. Following in the footsteps of his father Jimmy Parlane, Derek grew up to become a professional footballer who had a distinguished club career and also represented his country at international level. Father Jimmy had represented Rangers during the war years and for a short while after hostilities ended.
Wheelchair tennis star, British #1 and the youngest men’s tennis player selected to represent Team GB in a Paralympic Games
Gordon was born on 2nd October 1991 in Helensburgh. He started playing tennis when he was 6 years of age and started playing wheel chair tennis in February 2005. The only difference in the rules between wheelchair tennis and other tennis is that in wheelchair tennis you're allowed to hit the ball after the second bounce.
Yachtswoman & First British woman to complete the Around Alone
Emma Sanderson (nee Richards) was born in 1975, and first came to Scotland at the age of five when her father was appointed in 1980 to the Chair of Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics at the University of Glasgow. The family settled in Helensburgh, an ideal location for them to indulge in their hobby of sailing, an activity at which Emma excelled at an early age, at 11 she was competing in dinghy world championships.
Archibald Eneas Robertson was born in Helensburgh in 1870, the son of a prosperous Victorian merchant, and he is widely credited with being the first person to successfully climb every Munro to become the World’s first “Munro Bagger”!