Dorothy Shirley

Dorothy Ada Shirley (born 15 May 1939 in Manchester, Great Britain) is a British athlete, who mainly competed in the women's high jump event.[1]

Dorothy Shirley
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome High jump
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1958 Stockholm High jump
Representing  England
British Empire & Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1966 Kingston high jump
Dorothy Shirley British High Jumper 1960.jpg

Athletics careerEdit

She competed for Great Britain in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, Italy, where she won the silver medal in the high jump jointly with Jarosława Jóźwiakowska. It was the fifth straight silver medal for Britain in this event.

She represented England in the high jump at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales.[2] Four years later she competed in the high jump again at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia and then won a silver medal at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. A fourth consecutive Games appearance came in 1970 during the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.[3][4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

She later went into teaching and worked as a PE teacher at Bentham Grammar School in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the early 1970s.

And later continued a successful and influential teaching career as a Primary School Teacher at St. Michael's Primary School in Alkrington, Middleton.


  1. ^ "Dorothy Shirley". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  2. ^ "1958 Athletes". Team England.
  3. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  4. ^ "1970 Athletes". Team England.
  5. ^ "Edinburgh, 1970 Team". Team England.

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