Violet Olney

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameViolet Rose•Olney (-Parish)
Used nameViolet•Olney
Born22 May 1911 in Southwark, England (GBR)
Died3 January 1999 in Addlestone, England (GBR)
Measurements162 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsCivil Service WAC
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


A Civil Servant with the Ministry of Labour, Violet Olney finished second to Eileen Hiscock in the 100 yards at both the 1933 and 1934 Civil Service Championships at the White City. Olney also finished second to Hiscock in the WAAA 200 metres in 1933. Although Olney won the Middlesex sprint title in 1936, her best WAAA performance in Olympic year was in finishing third behind Barbara Burke and Hiscock in the 200. Selected only for the sprint relay at the Berlin Olympics, she returned home with a silver medal after Olney, Burke, Hiscock and Audrey Brown finished second to the United States.

Personal Best: 100y – 11.2 (1936).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Violet Olney
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) Great Britain 2 Silver