Reginald Knight



Albert Reginald Knight's parents William and Martha were a journeyman butcher and laundress respectively and he was their fifth child born at Holloway on the 30th November 1900.

Educated at the Camden Secondary School for Boys, in Holloway, Reggie won the national schools Junior Graceful Diving Championship S.C.A.S.A in 1919 whilst still a pupil there.

 In 1920 Reggie became a member of the Otter S.C. He was placed 2nd in the ADA National Diving Championships in the high board event in 1920 and duly won the event in 1921 and 1922.  He was runner up at the 1923, 1924, 1925, & 1929 ADA Championships., 

He represented Great Britain  at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games. In 1924 in Paris he was placed 7th in the Plain High Diving and 11th in the Platform Diving events, and four years  later at the 1928  Amsterdam Olympics he finished 8th in the Platform event.

 In 1926 at the first European Championships, held in Budapest Reggie  Eric MacDonald both went under their own steam as unofficial entrants, and he won a bronze medal in the plain high diving event. He can as such be considered Britainís first competitor at a European Championships. He also represented England at the European Diving Championships in Bologna, Italy in 1927.

Reggie later went to Imperial College London, and became a research chemist. His research work subsequently took him from London to the Scottish border town of Jedburgh, where he became President of the Jedburgh Swimming club.

He returned to London to live in Hillingdon in the 1930's and later died in Romford in 1964.

 RH