Success for campaign to honour East Oxford Olympian Maureen Gardner
July 4, 2012
It is with great satisfaction that we can report that our campaign for a blue plaque outside 1948 Olympic medalist, Maureen Gardner's former Cowley home has been successful. Clink the link for the local press report:
"A BLUE plaque dedicated to the Cowley girl who won an Olympic silver medal will be unveiled this weekend, thanks to a local campaign.
In February, residents contacted the Oxford Mail to say they believed the memory of Maureen Gardner had been lost in history.
The former Temple Cowley pupil was just 20 when she competed in the 1948 ‘Austerity Games’ in London and lost out on the gold medal in the 80m hurdles by just two inches of track.
She was welcomed back home as a heroine – but following her death at the age of just 46, many people forgot her achievements."