Olympic Memories

The University has many connections with the Olympic games due to its proud sporting tradition. The gallery below shares a few of the University’s many Olympic memories including the recent visit from the Jamaican track and field team in their build up to the London 2012 games.

The gallery also features images from two alumni Olympians; Audrey Court MBE (BA Social and Political Science, 1936) and Dr Barbara Slater (BA Physical Education, 1981).

Audrey completed the year of her graduation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 4 x 100 metres sprint.

Barbara competed at the 1976 Montreal games in Gymnastics before completing her degree at the University. She has since gone on to become the first female Head of Sport at the BBC and has overall responsibility for BBC Sport’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympics.

With several students and alumni involved in this summer’s games let’s hope more great moments can be created!

The University’s Cadburys research library is running an ‘Olympic memories’ exhibition open to all in the Muirhead Tower until September 10. An online version of the exhibition is also available on Flickr

If you have any Olympics memories or photos to share, we would love to hear from you. Please send your memories to alumnicommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk



Alumna Audrey Court was a silver medalist in the 4x100m at the 1936 Berlin Olympics


 Alumna Barbara Slater competing at the Montreal Olympics 1976


Barbara competing in floor excercise during the Montreal Olympics 1976


 Jamaican discuss thrower Jason Morgan training at the University in preparation for London 2012 


The Jamaican 4x100m relay team (including Usain Bolt) with Vice Chancellor David Eastwood at the Jamaican welcome dinner


One Jamaican athlete during an opening training session on campus


Former World 400m bronze medalist Novelene Williams-Mills with fans at the University's Jamaican open training session


Fans enjoying Jamaica fever at the Jamiacan open training session