Dorothy Shirley

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Dorothy Shirley
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome High jump
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1958 Stockholm High jump
Dorothy Shirley British High Jumper 1960.jpg

Dorothy Ada Shirley (born 15 May 1939 in Manchester, Great Britain) is a British athlete, who mainly competed in the women's high jump event.

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 LLC. Retrieved 2010-01-24.

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