Vanessa Ward

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Vanessa Carol Ward (née Browne; born 5 January 1963) is a retired high jumper from Australia, who set her personal best on 12 February 1989, jumping 1.98 metres at a meet in Perth, Western Australia. This (as of 2013) still stands as the Australian record. A five-time national champion in the women's high jump event, she competed for her native country at two Olympic Games, in Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988. She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder in 1981 to 1984 and 1987 to 1988.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Australia
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 5th High jump 1.83 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th High jump 1.88 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, California, USA 6th High jump 1.94 m
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 9th High jump 1.83 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 13th (q) High jump 1.90 m
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 4th High jump 1.88 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th High jump 1.90 m

Note: result with a Q, indicates overall position in qualifying round.


  1. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 1-74013-060-X.