|Representing Great Britain|
|1960 Rome||High jump|
|1958 Stockholm||High jump|
She competed for Great Britain in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, Italy, where she won the silver medal in the high jump jointly with Jarosława Jóźwiakowska. It was the fifth straight silver medal for Britain in this event.
She later went into teaching and worked as a PE teacher at Bentham Grammar School in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the early 1970s.
And later continued a successful and influential teaching career as a Primary School Teacher at St. Michael's Primary School in Alkrington, Middleton.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Dorothy Shirley". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
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