Verona Elder

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Verona Marolin Elder (née Verona Bernard) MBE (born 5 April 1953 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire) is a female British, Commonwealth and European medal winning English 400 metres runner[1] and is now the manager of the British athletics team for people with learning disability.

Verona Elder
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1974 Christchurch 4×400 m relay
Gold medal – first place 1978 Edmonton 4×400 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1974 Christchurch 400 m
Silver medal – second place 1978 Edmonton 400 m

Athletics careerEdit

She made her debut on the international stage at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich taking fifth place in the 4 × 400 m relay. The following year she won the 400m title at the European Indoor Championships in Rotterdam, ahead of the East Germans Waltraud Dietsch and Renate Siebach. At the 1974 British Commonwealth Games she finished second in the 400 m and won the 4 × 400 m relay. She retained her European indoor title at the European Indoor Championships in 1975 in Katowice. She was a Finalist in the 400 m and 800 m at the European Championships in 1978. She represented England and won a gold medal in the women's 4 × 400 metres relay event with Jannette Roscoe, Ruth Kennedy and Sue Pettett and a silver medal in the 400 metres, at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[2]. At the start of 1979 season she won gold at the indoor European Indoor Championships in Vienna, Austria, ahead of Jarmila Kratochvílová. She also represented England in the 400 metres hurldes event, at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3][4]

Coaching careerEdit

She was a member of the Wolverhampton & Bilston club, Staffordshire. She went on to teach sport to people with learning disability at Thurrock College, Essex. She led Great Britain to six gold, six silver and three bronze medals at the 7th International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS) World Indoor Championships for athletes with learning disabilities as the team manager. With GB finishing second in the medal table behind Portugal at Manchester Sport City. She was Chef de Mission to the 2011 INAS Global Games in Italy on 24 September – 4 October 2011.[5][6]


  1. ^ Sports Retrieved 22 June 2013
  2. ^ "1978 Athletes". Team England.
  3. ^ "1982 Athletes". Team England.
  4. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  5. ^ Athlete profile. Retrieved 22 June 2013
  6. ^ UK Sports association Verona Elder. Retrieved 22 June 2013