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Sophia Gorham

Full name: Sophia Hope Gorham (Hallowes-, -Compton)
Gender: Female
Born: November 10, 1881 in Merchiston, City of Edinburgh, Great Britain
Died: December 4, 1969 in Chichester, West Sussex, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Motorboating

Related Olympians: Wife of John Gorham.


The daughter of Major General George Hallowes, Sophia Hallowes married [John Gorham] in 1906 when she was 25, and he was 53. With her husband, she took part in the 1908 Olympic motorboating competition in the under-60 feet B-Class in her husband’s boat Quicksilver, but they did not finish the race on Southampton Water after being forced to abandon after a couple of laps. However, she earned her place in Olympic history as the only woman to compete in the short-lived motorboating events. John Gorham died in 1929 and three years later Sophia married the Reverend Cuthred Compton, Vicar of Hawkhurst, Kent.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 26 London Motorboating Mixed B-Class (Under 60 Feet) Quicksilver-2 GBR AC DNF

Mixed B-Class (Under 60 Feet)

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 26 London Motorboating Quicksilver-2 GBR Final Standings AC DNF
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