Marion Wharton

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMarion Leonora•Wharton (Varley-)
Used nameMarion•Wharton
Born16 July 1908 in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England (GBR)
DiedFebruary 1993 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Originally, Great Britain was not sending a gymnastics team to the 1936 Berlin Olympics but just five weeks before the scheduled start of the competition, they decided to send a women’s team and hastily arranged trials at Stamford Hill, London. Bradford confectioner shop manageress Marion Wharton was a member of the 8-strong squad and, like teammate Edna Gross, went to the Games as a newlywed.

It was a daunting task for Wharton and the British team whose routine in Berlin was disrupted by an unruly crowd dissenting at some poor judging decisions, and Great Britain finished last of eight. Wharton died in 1993 and, following the death of her husband nine years later, a suitcase was found in the loft of their house at Pudsey, West Yorkshire. In it was a trove of memorabilia from the 1936 Olympics, which nobody knew existed.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GBR Marion Wharton
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) Great Britain 8