Peter Wells

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePeter•Wells
Used namePeter•Wells
Born23 May 1929 in Barnet, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died5 January 2018 in Christchurch (NZL)
AffiliationsL.A.C., London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Peter Wells was a high jumper who competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, competing for Great Britain. He competed for England at the 1950 British Empire Games at Auckland and finished fifth. He stayed in New Zealand, and settled in Christchurch, although he returned to England in 1952 to qualify for the British Olympic team. Four years later he represented New Zealand in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and placed fourth in the high jump. Wells won seven New Zealand titles (1951 and 1953-8) and was runner-up in the AAA Champs of 1952, and third in 1949, winning titles at the 1947 AAA Juniors, and Southern AAA in 1947 and 1952. His best mark of 2.019 (6-7½), set in December 1954 at Papakura, was considered both a British and New Zealand record.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.019 (1954).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Peter Wells
High Jump, Men (Olympic) =11
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Peter Wells
High Jump, Men (Olympic) 16