|Birth name||Valerie Forder|
|Born||1943 (age 70–71)|
|Sport||Paralympic athletics, archery, swimming, and wheelchair fencing|
Valerie Robertson (née Forder; born 1943) is a British former Paralympic athlete who competed in archery, athletics, swimming, and wheelchair fencing, winning at least a silver medal in each. She won a total of six Paralympic gold medals at three Games. After completing her Paralympic career, Robertson had a very successful transition to wheelchair lawn bowling.
Robertson, competing under her maiden name of Forder, participated in the 1964 Summer Paralympics and again in 1968. She entered four different sporting disciplines, winning at least a silver in each one.
At the 1964 Games, Robertson won a medal in all but one of the events in which she competed. She won gold in the 50m freestyle, along with two other swimming medals. She also received silver in the archery and wheelchair fencing, along with a bronze in the discus, only missing out on a medal in the club throw.
It was at the 1968 Games in Tel Aviv that Robertson achieved her greatest results, winning five gold medals out of the nine events in which she competed. Three medals came from 50m swimming events (the backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle) with two further golds in athletics (the 60m wheelchair race and the pentathlon).
Turning her attentions to lawn bowls, Robertson helped to improve wheelchair access to greens and a ramp to assist in the launch of the balls. She quickly became one of the leading female bowlers, hailed as one of the all-time best competitors in the Scottish Disability Sport National Bowls Championships. Alongside her husband John, Robertson is viewed as having a significant impact on Scottish disability bowls and they are credited with helping the country achieve international success in the sport.
- "Athlete Search Results (V. Forder)". British Paralympic Association. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- "Athlete Search Results (V. Robertson)". British Paralympic Association. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- "Valerie Robertson – born 1943 in London now living in Melrose". Scottish Disability Sport. Retrieved 8 August 2013.