|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Judy Earline Veronica•Livermore-Simpson|
|Born||14 November 1960 in Kingston (JAM)|
|Measurements||182 cm / 72 kg|
|Affiliations||Rugby & District AC, Rugby (GBR) / Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)|
Judy Livermore-Simpson arrived in England from Jamaica as a child and began her athletic career at the Rugby Athletics Club. She qualified to compete for Great Britain in the women’s pentathlon at the Moscow Olympics whilst still a teenager and placed thirteenth. Showing a continuous improvement over the next few years Livermore-Simpson placed 4th in the 1981 World Student Games and 7th at the 1982 European Championships before winning her first major medal, a silver, at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Whilst in contention for a medal at the 1983 World Championships she suffered a personal disaster when all javelin throws landed flat and she withdrew from the event. The javelin was always a severe weakness for her and a poor performance at the 1984 Olympics potentially cost her a medal.
1986 was her best year and she won her only major title, the Commonwealth Games, and also secured a bronze at the European Championships. A glamorous figure with long beaded hair she was beset by injuries towards the end of the eighties and never again managed to attain the same level of performance. Also a national champion at taekwondo she served as honorary President of the Women’s Sports Federation after her athletic career ended and was a familiar figure on UK television throughout the nineties as part of the popular “Gladiators” TV programme.
Personal Bests: HJ – 1.92 (1983); Pen – 4357 (1980); Hep – 6623 (1986).
|1980 Summer Olympics||Athletics||Pentathlon, Women||Olympic||13||Representing Great Britain as Judy Livermore|
|1984 Summer Olympics||Athletics||High Jump, Women||Olympic||19 r1/2||Representing Great Britain as Judy Simpson|
|1988 Summer Olympics||Athletics||Heptathlon, Women||Olympic||AC||Representing Great Britain as Judy Simpson|