Yvonne, Championships winner

The remarkable story of Yvonne

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have now come to a close – it’s a chance to look back at what has surely been one of the strangest Olympic games in history, postponed for a year and with many other challenges due to COVID.

It has however showcased the continued commitment of sports people worldwide and brought much joy to many as they’ve cheered their teams on.

With that in mind, we wanted to share the remarkable story of Yvonne, a resident at our Estia Health Kilbride home. Descending from a great sporting family, her dad Henry and uncles were great runners, as well as her aunt Bessie, who ended up a world champion.

Yvonne herself joined a running club, The Botany Harriers, where she too became a very accomplished runner, winning first in the 880 yards at the Australian Championships in 1948.

She even made the Australian Olympic team, but fate had other plans as she met the man of her dreams and decided to retire from the sport, where she went on to became mum to seven beautiful children.

Here’s Yvonne, pictured at the Australian Championships in 1948, alongside her fellow team mates and coach.