Nellie Halstead

Nellie Halstead (19 September 1910 – November 1991) was an English track and field athlete who competed for Great Britain in the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[1] She was born in Radcliffe, Lancashire and died in Bury. She was a member of Bury Athletic Club and Radcliffe Athletic Club.

Nellie Halstead
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Nellie Halstead (1. on right)
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Women's Athletics
Women's World Games
Bronze medal – third place 1930 Prague 200 metres
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1932 Los Angeles 4x100 metre relay
Representing  England
British Empire Games
Gold medal – first place 1934 London 3×110/220 yd
Silver medal – second place 1934 London 4×110/220 yd
Bronze medal – third place 1934 London 220 yd

Athletics careerEdit

She won gold medals in the 60 metres and 200 metres at the Olympics of Grace in 1931.[2]

She competed for Great Britain as one of Britain's first women track Olympians in the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, where in the 4×100 metres she won the bronze medal with her team mates Eileen Hiscock, Gwendoline Porter and Violet Webb (replacing the injured Ethel Johnson).

At the 1934 Empire Games she was a member of the English relay team which won the gold medal in the 110-220-110 yards relay event and the silver medal in the 220-110-220-110 yards relay competition (with Eileen Hiscock, Halstead, Ethel Johnson and Ivy Walker).[3] In the 220 yards she won the bronze medal.

According to historian Jean Williams, Halstead also played as a centre forward for the Dick, Kerr's Ladies football team.[1][4][5]

She also competed in the 1.9-mile women's race before the International Cross Country Championships, winning the title for England.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

At the 1934 Games, her sibling Edwin Halstead (then Edith Halstead) also won a silver medal.


  1. ^ a b Nellie Halstead, Sports Reference LLC, archived from the original on 18 April 2020, retrieved 14 August 2012
  2. ^ "Olympiad of Grace". Gbrathletics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ Commonwealth Games results Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine. CWG. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  4. ^ Jean Williams (2007). A beautiful game: international perspectives on women's football. Berg. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-84520-674-1. Retrieved 28 September 2011. Nellie Halstead, who later played centre forward for Dick, Kerr, won bronze in the 1936 Olympic games.
  5. ^ Nellie Halstead, Radcliffe AC, archived from the original on 14 February 2015, retrieved 14 August 2012
  6. ^ International Cross Country Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-04-03.