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Gordon Reid

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Gordon Reid Paralympic Tennis Star
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.

Robert "Bobby" Brown

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Bobby Brown
Rangers and Scotland Goalkeeping Legend, Scotland’s first full time Manager and Teacher

Robert "Bobby" Brown was born 19 March 1923 in Dunipace, Stirlingshire is a former Scottish footballer and football manager.

Michael McIntyre

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Gold Olympic medal winning sailor Mike McIntyre
Olympic Gold Medal winning Yachtsman

Michael "Mike" Mackay McIntyre was born on the 29th June 1956 in Glasgow to eminent Veterinary Scientist Professor Ian McIntyre and his wife Ruth.

Mike's Father had left the UK in 1963 to take a select team of colleagues from Glasgow to inaugurate a school of veterinary surgery at the newly established University of East Africa in Nairobi.

John Buchanan

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Hera and Mouchette 1908
1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning yachtsman

John Buchanan was born on the 1st January 1884 in Rhu. Like all the crew members aboard Thomas Glen-Coats’ 'Hera' in the 12-metre class at the 1908 Olympics, John Buchanan was a member of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club. He was a farmer and an enthusiastic sailor for many years who in 1936 won the Tarbert Cup sailing his 8-metre boat 'Falcon'. He died in Rhu on the 25th November 1943.

John was a member of the Hera's crew that also contained fellow local Helensburgh GP Dr Arthur Drummond Downes

Arthur Drummond Downes

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Hera and Mouchette 1908
1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning yachtsman

Dr Arthur Drummond Downes was born on 23rd February 1883 in Kelvinside, the youngest of five sons of a wealthy Glasgow paper manufacturer.

Arthur was a member of the 1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning team in the 12 metre Class in the Yacht Hera. At the 1908 Summer Olympics four sailing events were contested - London had the honour of holding the first Olympic regatta. Three were held from July 27 to July 29 1908 on the Solent, whilst the 12 metre class contested its races on August 11th to the 12th on the River Clyde.

Charlotte Cooper Sterry

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Charlotte Reinagle Cooper
All time tennis legend, five times Wimbledon Ladies Singles champion and first woman ever to become an Olympic Champion

Charlotte Reinagle Cooper was born, the youngest of six children, in Ealing, Middlesex, on 22 September 1870, the daughter of Henry Cooper of Caversham, a miller, and his wife, American born Teresa Georgiana, nee Miller.

Colin Dalgleish

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Colin Dalgleish
Walker Cup Captain & Golfing Entrepreneur

Born in Old Kilpatrick on the north bank of the River Clyde in 1960, Colin Dalgleish has lived in Helensburgh since he was 4 years old. He has enjoyed a successful amateur golf career at boys, youths and senior level, culminating in his appointment as Captain of the 2007 and 2009 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Teams against the United States.

Bobby McGregor MBE

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Bobby McGregor
Falkirk Flyer, World Breaking & Medal Winning Champion swimmer

A native of Helensburgh, born Robert Bilsand McGregor on 3rd April 1944, to parents David and Nancy. Bobby had ‘water’ in his genes. Father David was a leading member of the GB water polo team which travelled to Berlin in 1936 - the only Scotsman in the squad and was also the baths master of Falkirk.

Walter Smith OBE

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Walter Smith
A real footballing man - One of the most successful Scottish Managers in History

Walter Smith, was born 24 February 1948 in Lanark, but he and his family have spent over 20 years as residents of Helensburgh's upper west area. He is a Scottish former football player, but is better known as a football manager.

Peter McNeil

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Peter McNeill Founding member of Rangers FC and Helensburgh Hero
Football Pioneer. Co-founder, player, captain and vice-president of Rangers FC and Treasurer of the SFA.

Peter McNeil was born in 1854, to John and Jean McNeil in Rhu, Dunbartonshire. John McNeil was employed as a gardener for John McDonald at Belmore House, which now forms part of the Faslane Naval Base. In his mid-teens, Peter moved to 17 Cleveden Street, Glasgow with other members of his large family, Sister Elizabeth and Brothers Moses, James, Harry and William.

It was during a walk through West End Park (now known as Kelvingrove Park) Glasgow, in March 1872, that four young men, smitten with the latest sporting craze of Association Football, hit upon the idea of creating a club.

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