Shelley Newman

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Shelley Newman, now Shelley Parr and maiden name Shelley Drew, (born 8 August 1973) is a retired English discus thrower.

Her personal best throw is 61.22 metres, achieved in June 2003 in Loughborough. This is the English record, and places her fourth on the British outdoor all-time list, behind Meg Ritchie, Venissa Head and Philippa Roles.[1]

Shelley has a degree in physiology, which she gained at the University of Birmingham in 1994. She earned her doctorate in the subject in 1999. She currently works as the BM4 Director in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. Previously she held posts at the University of Birmingham and, until 2007, Cardiff University.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  United Kingdom and  England
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 12th
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4th [2]
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 10th 57.38 m
Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 3rd [3]
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 33rd 56.04 m