Eileen Soper

Eric Liddell, 1902 - 1945. Athlete and missionary

About this artwork

'The Flying Scotsman', Eric Liddell, won a gold medal in the men's 400 metres at the Paris Olympics in 1924. He had dropped out of the 100 metres, because as a fervent evangelical Christian he would not participate in the qualifying runs held on a Sunday. Liddell had been born to a Scottish missionary couple in China and this is where he returned in 1925 as a missionary teacher. In 1943, at the time of the Japanese invasion of China, he was interned and later died in a Japanese camp of a brain tumour. The 1981 film, Chariots of Fire, told the story of Liddell's athletic career.

Eileen Soper

Eileen Soper