Friday, January 17, 2014

Sophie and Early British Athletics

Excellent summary of women's athletics in Britain from its founding days at
Mary Heath, then Sophie Eliott-Lynn, was the original joint secretary of the Women's Amateur Athletics Association. She was also an enthusiastic competitor and set a (disputed) world record for the high jump as well as becoming the first ever British women's javelin champion. She competed atWomen's  World Championships and campaigned for the inclusion of a full athletics programme for women at the Olympics.
She also foretold the future dominance of African
athletes in the sport.

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