Shirley Cotton

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameShirley Veronica•Cotton (Smith-)
Used nameShirley•Cotton
Born17 October 1934
Died11 July 2022 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
NOC Australia


Shirley Cotton was an Australian track and field athlete who specialised in the discus throw. Cotton competed in her preferred event at her home Olympics in Melbourne in 1956. Her best throw in the qualification round was 40.76 metres, just short of the of 42 metres required to advance to the final of the competition. At the 1955–56 Australian Athletics Championships Cotton won silver in the discus along with a silver in the shot put. She won another silver in the discus at the 1957–58 championships and a bronze at the 1959–60 edition.

Personal Best: DT – 41.19 (1956).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics AUS Shirley Cotton
Discus Throw, Women (Olympic) 17 r1/2