Philippa Kate Roles OLY (1 March 1978 – 21 May 2017) was a Welsh discus thrower who competed at two Olympic and four Commonwealth Games. Roles was British junior athlete of the year – an honour presented at Buckingham Palace. She was the first British discus thrower to medal at junior European level; and narrowly missed out on a medal at under 23 level, finishing 4th. She competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Born in Neath, she studied at Neath Port Talbot College from where she gained her degree, and was resident in London. Roles worked for the train operating company Southern as a train driver on services in South London. She represented Swansea Harriers at club level. Proudly Welsh, she was a popular member of Team Wales and Team GB due to her sense of humour and self-deprecating manner.
Her personal best throw was 62.89 metres, achieved in June 2003 in Loughborough. This placed her third on the British outdoor all-time list, behind Meg Ritchie and Venissa Head. It also ranked her in the World top 20.
She was 5 ft 10 inches tall and weighed 88 kg.
|Representing Great Britain and Wales|
|1995||European Junior Championships||Nyíregyháza, Hungary||12th||44.84 m|
|1996||World Junior Championships||Sydney, Australia||16th (q)||46.48 m|
|1997||European Junior Championships||Ljubljana, Slovenia||3rd||50.62 m|
|1998||Commonwealth Games||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||6th||54.10 m|
|1999||Universiade||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||15th (q)||54.82 m|
|European U23 Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||4th||55.37 m|
|2001||Universiade||Beijing, China||6th||55.02 m|
|2002||Commonwealth Games||Manchester, England||4th||57.65 m|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||18th (q)||58.83 m|
|2006||Commonwealth Games||Melbourne, Australia||6th||58.38 m|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||27th (q)||57.44 m|
|2010||Commonwealth Games||Delhi, India||4th||57.99 m|