1923 WAAA Championships

The 1923 WAAA Championships were the first national track and field championships for women in the UK.[1][2][3][4][5] The tournament was held on 18 August[6] 1923[7] at the Oxo Sport Grounds[8] in London, United Kingdom.

1923 WAAA Championships
Dates18 August
Host cityLondon, Great Britain
VenueOxo Sports Ground


After the successful first 1922 Women's World Games in Paris and the three Women's Olympiads (1921 Women's Olympiad, 1922 Women's Olympiad and 1923 Women's World Games) in Monaco the interest for women's sports also grew internationally. In 1922 the "Women's Amateur Athletic Association" (WAAA) was founded[2] in the UK, that year several[1] ”national” women’s track meet were held.

In 1923[6] the WAAA[3][8] now organised the first official[1] British women championships[2] in track and field (WAAA[5] Championships[7]). In the US the "Amateur Athletic Union" (AAU) sponsored the first national championship for women in track and field on 29 September 1923.


The meet was held on 18 August[3] at the Oxo Sport Grounds[8][1] in Downham,[2] Bromley [5][6] in South London.

The athletes[2] competed[1] in 11 events:[5][8] running 100 yards, 220 yards, 440 yards, 880 yards, relay race 660 yards, hurdling 120 yards, high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin and track walk [4] 880 yards. 3 unofficial world records[3][6] were set:[7] Mary Lines in running 440 yards and hurdles 120 yards and Edith Trickey i track walk 880 yards. The tournament was a huge promotion for women's sports.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100-yard run Mary Lines (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 12.0 sec Rose Thompson Evelyn Harris
220-yard run Eileen Edwards 27.0 sec Rose Thompson Vera Palmer
440-yard run Mary Lines (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 62.4 sec WR Louise Low P Batt
880-yard run Edith Trickey (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 2:40.2 min Gladys Lane Phyllis Hall
660-yard relay London Olympiades 1:22.6 min Unknown Unknown
120-yard hurdles Mary Lines (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 18.8 sec WR Sophie Eliott-Lynn (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) Hilda Hatt (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) DQ
High jump Hilda Hatt (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 1.45 m Ivy Lowman 1.42 m Sylvia Stone 1.40 m
Long jump Mary Lines (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 4.96 m Hilda Hatt (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 4.86 m Gladys Elliott 4.66 m
Shot put(8 lb) Florence Birchenough (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 16.17 (yds?) Beatrice Manton 16.00 Sophie Eliott-Lynn (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 15.78
Two-handed javelin Sophie Eliott-Lynn (Polytechnic Ladies Athletic Club) 35.76 (yds?) E Willis 31.08 Sylvia Stone 30.53
880-yard track walk Edith Trickey 4:35.0 min WR Betty Keeling D Clark

Many of the participating athletes also competed in the 1924 Women's Olympiad at Stamford Bridge.


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  2. ^ a b c d e "The inaugural WAAA championships". Runner 500. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
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  4. ^ a b "Race walking". Race Walking Association. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Robinson, Lynne: Tripping Daintily Into The Arena" (PDF). University of Warwick, 1996 (Thesis), page 110-111. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "British world record breakers". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "AAA, WAAA and National Championships Medallists". National Union of Track Statisticians. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "Duval, Lynne: The Development of Women's Track and Field in England" (PDF). The Sports Historian May 2001, vol. 21, nr 1, p 10-11 (LA84.org). Retrieved 8 March 2018.

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