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Judy Livermore-Simpson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJudy Earline Veronica•Livermore-Simpson
Used nameJudy•Livermore-Simpson
Born14 November 1960 in Kingston (JAM)
Measurements182 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsRugby & District AC, Rugby (GBR) / Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
NOC(s) Great Britain


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).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
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
  Heptathlon, Women Olympic 5
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics Heptathlon, Women Olympic AC Representing Great Britain     as Judy Simpson

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