Rio 2016: 11 athletes from Norfolk and Suffolk who have competed in the Olympics

Some Olympic athletes from our region.

Some Olympic athletes from our region. - Credit: Archant

With the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games getting underway tonight, we take a look back at some athletes from this region who have represented Team GB over the years.

EDP article on Stanley Fuller.

EDP article on Stanley Fuller. - Credit: Archant

Stanley Fuller - Los Angeles 1932

Great Yarmouth's Stanley Fuller, nicknamed Flying Fuller, became the first Norfolk man to compete at the Olympic Games when he was picked to represent Great Britain at the 1932 Los Angeles Games.

But the 24-year-old performed below par because he had fallen down a companionway on the liner ferrying the British team across the Atlantic to compete and never reached the finals in any of his events – the 100 yards, 200 yards or the relay.

In a 1984 interview with the EDP, the then 76-year-old, said of his Olympic experience: 'I knew there were better runners in the events than myself. And I also realised that I was up against the world's best. To me it was just a great thing to race in the Olympics.'

Christopher Boardman planting Hitler's Oak at How Hill, Ludham.

Christopher Boardman planting Hitler's Oak at How Hill, Ludham. - Credit: Archant


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Christopher Boardman - Berlin 1936

In what were possibly the oddest sporting prizes ever awarded, the gold medallists of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin were each presented with an oak sapling by Adolf Hitler, one of which remains at How Hill.

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Norwich sailor Christopher Boardman was a crew member and helmsman of the British boat Lalage which won the gold medal in the six metre class.

However Mr Boardman was uncomfortable about the Nazi regime and declined to go to the medal presentation by Adolf Hitler. A crew member who did go picked up the sapling and it was decided Mr Boardman should have it as helmsman.

ANNE PASHLEY AT GREAT YARMOUTH DATED 1ST JUNE 1951 PLATE P6396

ANNE PASHLEY AT GREAT YARMOUTH DATED 1ST JUNE 1951 PLATE P6396

Anne Pashley - Melbourne 1956

Anne Pashley, a 21-year-old athlete from Great Yarmouth, won a relay silver medal in Melbourne.

She also took part in the individual 100 metre but her hopes were dashed in the heats after she was given a bad lane on the inside of the track.

Speaking about the relay medal in 2012, Mrs Pashley said: 'It was fun. I did the start so it was quite a responsibility. We used to practise quite a lot – it's quite a technical business actually, very easy to get wrong.'

Mike Tagg with his sister Mary when they both selected to compete at the Mexico Olympics. Picture: I

Mike Tagg with his sister Mary when they both selected to compete at the Mexico Olympics. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Mike and Mary Tagg - Mexico City 1968

East Runton born siblings Mike and Mary Tagg represented Great Britain at the 1968 games in Mexico where they both competed in athletics.

Mike finished 13th in the 10,000m with his sister fifth fastest in the 400m semi-finals in a personal best time of 53.6 seconds.

After hanging up his spikes Mike went on to set up a number of businesses, including Mr Shoes, and provided kit for two-time Olympic champion Lord Sebastian Coe.

PeopleThree local heroines from Gorleston and Great Yarmouth were on the Seoul Olympics Sharon Page,

PeopleThree local heroines from Gorleston and Great Yarmouth were on the Seoul Olympics Sharon Page, Kathy Reid and Karen Mellor competed in the swimming competitions and were feted before they left for South Korea with a special parade around the racecourse.Dated 1988Photograph C10726

Sharon Page - Seoul 1988

Norwich City Council communications officer Sharon Page, from Gorleston, was part of the swim team at the 1988 games in Seoul.

At just 17-years-old she managed to clock a personal best time in the heats of the 100 metre backstroke with a time of 64.75 seconds.

But this was not good enough to beat any of the other swimmers in her heat and she missed making the final. She did, however, finish 18th overall out of a field of around 60 swimmers.

Jo Franks

Jo Franks - Credit: Archant

Jo Franks - Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992

Thetford Archer Jo Franks pulled on the Team GB kit at two Olympic Games but it was in Seoul in 1988 where she performed best.

In the individual event she was a mere nine points away from securing an Olympic medal and her seventh place was hailed at the time as one of Britain's finest moments in the sport.

In Barcelona four years later she finished 36th in the individual event and 13th in the team standings.

'92 Olympic hockey bronze medalist Kath Johnson, holding her medal. Picture: Matthew Usher.

'92 Olympic hockey bronze medalist Kath Johnson, holding her medal. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Kath Johnson - Barcelona 1992. Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000

Hockey player Kath Johnson, from Grimston, near King's Lynn is a veteran of the Olympics having appeared at three games during her career.

The pinnacle was her first games in Barcelona where she came away with a bronze medal and earned the nickname 'The Lion of Barcelona' due to her dominance within the team.

It was a different story in Atlanta four years later when she missed the decisive penalty flick in the bronze medal shoot-out with Holland.

Paul Evans

Paul Evans - Credit: Archant

Paul Evans - Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996

Oulton runner Paul Evans booked a place in the final of the 10,000 metre final in Barcelona despite only finishing third in his heat due to the hot and humid weather.

He finished eleventh in the final with a time of 28:29.83 and went on to compete in Atlanta four years later.

His wife Karen, who watched the race from home on TV alongside their two children and her parents, said at the time: 'It's fantastic. He did a lot better than he ever expected.'

Barbara Parker during the Women's 3000m Steeplechase during the first day of the Athletics competiti

Barbara Parker during the Women's 3000m Steeplechase during the first day of the Athletics competitions at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Barbara Parker - Bejing 2008 Beijing and London 2012

King's Lynn athlete Barbara Parker competed in two Olympic games and is still the UK record holder in the 3000 metre steeplechase.

In her first games in Beijing she was eliminated in the heats of the steeplechase, running a time of 9:38.12.

In London four years later despite running a personal best in her 5000 metre heat with a time of 15:12.81 she failed to make the final. She was also knocked out in the heats of the steeplechase.

London Olympics 2012. Day 15Lowestoft Boxer, Anthony Ogogo with his Olympic Bronze medal.

London Olympics 2012. Day 15Lowestoft Boxer, Anthony Ogogo with his Olympic Bronze medal. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Anthony Ogogo - London 2012

Having taken up boxing at the age of 12, Lowestoft's Anthony Ogogo won a gold medal in the 2004 Junior Olympics final held in Texas.

Eight years later he represented Team GB at the London games where he made the semi-finals and faced Esquiva Falcão Florentino. But the Brazilian proved too strong for Ogogo and he lost the bout 16:9, claiming a bronze medal.

After winning the medal he said: 'It feels good – it's not the one I wanted, but it's more about what I've had to do to get this.'

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