Olympians Ngaire Galloway (left) and Yvette Corlett at
Otago Girls High School yesterday for the unveiling of its
honours board. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Two of the greats of Otago sport - Ngaire Galloway (nee
Lane) and Yvette Corlett (nee Williams) - returned to their old
school yesterday for the official opening of the Otago Girls
High School Olympic honours board.
It is not generally known that Mrs Galloway (84) won a bronze
medal in the Australasian freestyle relay team at the London
Olympics in 1948.
"The relays were held on the last night of swimming and I
still have the medal," Mrs Galloway said.
"It was very special for me."
Mrs Corlett (80), the first New Zealand woman to win an
Olympic gold medal, is recovering from the severe health
problems that have plagued her for the past few years.
"I had an abscess on my brain, had two operations and was in
hospital for three months," Mrs Corlett said.
"I couldn't walk or talk. I also had an operation for bowel
Mrs Corlett won the long jump at Helsinki in 1952 and is one
of 11 Olympians from the school.
The only other gold medallist is Jenny Armstrong in
yachting's 470 class when representing Australia at Sydney in
The two other medallists are Jean Hurring
(nee Stewart), a bronze in the 100m backstroke at Helsinki in
1952, and Jan Shearer, a silver in yachting's 470 class in
"I didn't know there were so many Olympians from the school,"
Mrs Galloway said.
There is another honours board for the other 35 New Zealand
representatives, which includes Lois Muir (nee Osborne),
netball, Shireen Crumpton (nee Rough), athletics, Anna
Thomas, diving, Anna Frost, mountain running, and Kelly