MARJORIE CARTER, 83 (MCCARTHY & STONE HOMEOWNER FROM JOWETT COURT, BRADFORD)
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Marjorie has enjoyed a successful sporting career spanning over 70 years. Her career started at the age of just 10 years old. A self-motivated, competitive and enthusiastic individual, Marjorie was determined to succeed. Marjorie would spend many hours travelling to get to her training venue, and with no funding available at the time for up-and-coming athletes, Marjorie worked in a mill full time to earn a living and fund her training.
Marjorie competed at two Olympic Games as part of the British gymnastics team - in 1952 she was part of a team of eight females at the Helsinki Olympics, and then in 1960 she was part of a team of six females at the Rome Olympics. Sadly they weren’t awarded with a medal, however to this day Marjorie will never forget the excitement of participating in the Olympic Games and how that is most important.
As a result of her own exceptional personal achievements within the sport, Marjorie was invited to teach gymnastics at Leeds Athletic Institute, which eventually lead to her becoming senior coach for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics for the City of Leeds. Marjorie travelled across most of Europe with the sport, training and developing gymnasts to represent Great Britain in International Gymnastradas in Berlin, Zurich, Herning and Amsterdam.
Over the years, Marjorie has dedicated her time to the development of gymnasts and raising awareness of the sport through popular training sessions, holiday camps for children and arranging regional competitions. When Marjorie chose to retire at 74, she continued to stay involved in gymnastics until 2015 and worked on a voluntary basis at Leeds Espirit Gymnastics Club, continuing to share her invaluable coaching and mentoring skills to both gymnasts and coaches. She has also been involved in many different talks in schools, on the radio and at Leeds Espirit, telling tales of her experiences at the Olympic Games.
Marjorie still continues to keep fit training three times a week at her local gym and enjoys trying her hand at the rings and bars when she can!