Cissy Davies

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCissy•Davies (-Sanders)
Used nameCissy•Davies
Born1 December 1932 in Swansea, Swansea, Wales (GBR)
Died4 October 2005 in Swansea, Swansea, Wales (GBR)
AffiliationsSwansea YMCA, Swansea (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


At 15-years-old, Cissy Davies was one of the youngest members of the Great Britain team at the 1948 London Olympics. She later became Welsh champion and placed highly enough in the British Championships to be picked to compete at a second Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952. Her best individual result was 52nd on the balance beam. She then married David Sanders, who was later a rugby player for the Swansea and Llanelli clubs, and retired from the sport. The pair emigrated to New Zealand in the 1960s and spent half a century there before she returned to Wales after the death of her husband. Her grandson, Dafydd Sanders, is a New Zealand national taekwondo champion and has competed at the World Championships.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GBR Cissy Davies
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) Great Britain 9
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GBR Cissy Davies
Individual All-Around, Women (Olympic) =103
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) Great Britain 16
Team Portable Apparatus, Women (Olympic) Great Britain 15
Floor Exercise, Women (Olympic) =128
Horse Vault, Women (Olympic) =79
Uneven Bars, Women (Olympic) =118
Balance Beam, Women (Olympic) =52