Mr Geoff Elliott

At Nightingale 1957 - 1965 ?

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Geoff Elliot - born 7th April 1931 was AAA pole vault champion in 1952, 53 and 55 and Commonwealth Champion in 1954 and 58. He held the British record at 14 ft 11/4 inches in 1954.

Geoff was trained by Geoffrey Dyson , who was
Britains chief national coach for track and field (1947 - 1961)
A significant part of his work for Britain during this period was
personal coaching of high calibre athletes, The Dyson Team
were a selected group of athletes who were coached with Olympic performance as the prime target and they were extremely
successful. The five selected all became British record holders, three won olympic medals. They were Maureen Gardner -Silver medal for 80 M hurdles, Shirley Cawley and John Disley won Bronze in the long jump & 3000m steeplechase respectively , John Savage became the first man to throw over 50 feet in the shot. Geoff Elliott specialized in the pole vault and was twice Commonwealth Games champion.

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