Forbes Carlile, Australian swimming coach and modern pentathlete, Died at 95


Forbes Carlile was born on June 3, 1921, and died on August 2, 2016.

He was Australia’s first post-World War II Olympics swimming coach and later Australia’s first competitor in the modern pentathlon at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

Forbes remains the only person to have coached and later competed at the Olympic Games.

He started testing his physiological knowledge in 1944 at the Enfield pool with two young schoolboys from Canterbury Boys High School.

Forbes Carlile first started coaching in 1946 at the Palm Beach rock pool, north of Sydney.

The success there led to him being appointed as the Australian swimming coach for the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and he then went on to be head Australian coach again at the 1956 Games in Melbourne and Scientific Advisor in the 1960 Games in Rome.

Carlile was the head coach for the Dutch Olympic team, at the 1964 Games.

Forbes was head Australian swimming coach at the Swimming World Championships in Belgrade in 1973 which produced nine Australian World Champions.

Forbes withdrew as head coach at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

During 1977, he was awarded an MBE and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

His other awards include the Queens Jubilee Medal (1977), Sport Australia Hall of Fame (1989), ASI Life Member (2003) and NSSA Hall of Fame (2003).

Forbes Carlile passed away at 95 years old.