Rosemary Wright

Biography of Rosemary Wright

Rosemary Wright
Rosemary Wright

Mrs Rosemary Olivia Wright (née Stirling) was awarded the honorary degree of DUniv on 18 June 2014 in recognition of her sporting achievements.

Wright won 800m gold 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

At the 1966 Games in Kingston, Jamaica, she finished fourth in both the 440 and 880 yards. In 1974 in Christchurch, New Zealand, she competed in the 800m and helped the Scotland 4 x 400m relay team to fourth place.

At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games Wright competed in the 800m finishing 7th in the final and was a member of the fifth-placed 4 x 400m relay team. She went to four European Championships between 1966 and 1974 with highlights of 4 x 400m gold in 1969 and individual 800m bronze in 1971.

Wright won numerous UK and Scottish titles at 440 yards/400m and 880 yards/800m between 1966 and 1973, including five indoors at UK level, and six indoors and seven outdoors in Scotland. She was also Scottish record holder at 400m, for 12 years, and 800m which she lowered by nine seconds between 1966 and 1972. Her personal best achieved in the 1972 Olympic final stood as Scottish records for 30 years.

Wright married English distance runner Trevor Wright, a European Championships marathon and International Cross Country Championships medallist in the 1970s. The couple and their daughter, Jessica (now Ruthe) emigrated to New Zealand in the early 1980s. There, Jessica has become a champion runner herself, winning New Zealand titles in the 2000s, whilst Wright has turned to half marathons and marathons with great success.


Rosemary Wright
University Link: Honorary Graduate
GU Degree: DUniv, 2014;
Occupation categories: athlete
Record last updated: 18th Jun 2014

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