British Skating Legends

Unsung heroes of British roller speed skating

BRITISH SKATING LEGENDS.....THE WOMEN

It's true to say that the British women in our sport have not been as successful as the men, but that doesn't mean to say that they have not been successful.  All of the following have had medals at World Championships:

Joan Rawlings - 1954 (3rd 10000m)

Pat Harris-Eason - 1956 (3rd 500m, 3rd 5000m and 2nd 10000m); 1967 (3rd 500m)

Barbara Woodley - 1960 (3rd 10000m)

Chloe Ronaldson - 1962 (2nd 500m); 1965 (3rd 1000m)

Pat Barnett - 1965 (3rd 3000m and 3rd 5000m); 1967 (2nd 500m and 3rd 5000m)

Lisa Smith - 1985 (3rd 5000m Relay); 1987 (2nd 3000m); 1988 (3rd 1500m)

Alison Hartley - 1985 (3rd 5000m Relay)

Lisa Burgess - 1985 (3rd 5000m Relay)

The women have also achieved medals at European Championships:

Pat Harris-Eason - 1967 (2nd 500m); 1973 (3rd 5000m)

Chloe Ronaldson - 1967 (3rd 500m); 1979 (3rd 5000m Relay)

Lynn Coles - 1979 (3rd 5000m Relay)

Denize Lipyeat - 1979 (3rd 5000m Relay)

Kathy Smith - 1979 (3rd 5000m Relay)

Alison Hartley - 1984 (2nd 5000m and 3rd 10000m); 1985 (3rd 1500m, 3rd 5000m Relay track and 3rd 5000m Relay road); 1986 (3rd 5000m Relay); 1987 (3rd 5000m Relay)

Lisa Smith - 1984 (3rd 20000m); 1985 (2nd 3000m, 3rd 5000m Relay track and 3rd 5000m Relay road); 1986 (3rd 5000m Relay); 1987 (3rd 5000m Relay); 1988 (3rd 5000m Elim.)

Debbie Kitchener - 1985 (3rd 5000m Relay track)

Kerry McLaughlan - 1985 (3rd 5000m Relay road)

Our only female gold medallist to date was in the Junior European Championships:

Lisa Smith - 1984 (1500m track and 1500m road)