Charlotte “Lottie” Dod (1871 – 1960)
The Guinness Book of Records names Lottie as the most versatile sportswoman that ever lived. The five times Wimbledon champion also won an Olympic silver medal in archery at the 1908 Games, a British title in golf, and played for the England hockey team. She was also partial to winter sports and even joined a mixed gender St Moritz team playing cricket in skates. This extraordinary polymath was a pioneer of women being able to wear less restrictive clothing during exercise, and advocated for shorter skirts.
We were live at Wimbledon for the unveiling of a plaque to recognise one of the tournament’s greatest females.
Posted by BBC on Thursday, 13 July 2017