Beryl Crockford (née Mitchell) was born on June 26, 1950, and died on September 11, 2016.
She was a world-champion and Olympic rower.
Beryl represented Great Britain from 1975 to 1986.
During the 1976 Olympics she rowed with Lin Clark in the women’s coxless pairs, then in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics in the women’s single sculls.
Crockford’s silver medal in women’s single sculls in the 1981 World Rowing Championships was the first medal achieved by a British woman at a World Rowing Championships, and her win with Lin Clark in the women’s lightweight double sculls at the 1985 World Rowing Championships was the first gold medal for a British women’s crew at any championships.
After women’s invitational events were introduced to Henley Royal Regatta, Mitchell won the inaugural single sculls in 1982.
She was the first female member nominated for membership of Leander Club when the club voted in April 1997 to admit women members (after 179 years a male-only club).
She succumbed to injuries she sustained after crashing into a parked car whilst cycling in the precinct of Sydney Olympic Park.
Beryl Crockford passed away at 66 years old.