William LeBeau 1881 – 1956

Father/Coal Merchant/Olympic Gymnast

One of Wales’ first ever Olympians

William is Becky’s Great-Grandfather on her father’s side. He was born in 1881 and lived in Cardiff, in the amusingly named suburb of Splott. He had a coal delivery business and began his sporting career at St. Saviour’s Church in Splott, where he joined the gymnastics club as a young man. He worked hard selling coal all day and spent his spare time training and competing in many sports including hurdles, boxing and gymnastics.

AWARDS:

1909: St. Saviour’s gymnastics ALL AROUND CHAMPIONS OF WALES

1910: Was coach of youth gymnastics at St. Saviour’s Church, arranged kit for the team and they won first prize.

1908: LONDON OLYMPICS GB Men’s Team Gymnastics. 8th place.

1912: STOCKHOLM OLYMPICS GB Men’s Team Gymnastics. BRONZE MEDAL

4 Times Welsh Hurdle Champion

7 Times Welsh gymnastic Championship

2 Times Welsh International Gymnast

2 Times Winner Welsh Amateur Middle-Weight Boxer

Winner of over 200 events

Who is WILLIAM TITT?

Originally named William LeBeau he took on the rather unfortunate name of William Titt after his stepfather. During the Olympics in both 1908 and 1912 he is therefore known as William Titt. When his stepfather died he reverted back to the original LeBeau.

He died in 1956 while listening to the football on the radio.