Lottie Dod Champion of Champions — The Story of an Athlete by Jeffrey Pearson

Published by Countyvise, 1988, Paperback.

Condition: Very Good. Small sticker to the title page with the message: Due to a printers error, page 22 should have been page 17 and belongs here at the end of Chapter One.

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Illustrated with black and white photographs. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: Without doubt the greatest sportswoman of her time, and possibly of all time, the darling of the press, and the idol of thousands, for over twenty years she dazzled the British public with her achievements.

Now, in this story of an athlete, Jeffrey Pearson revives and salutes the memory of Charlotte (Lottie) Dod, the first teenage tennis prodigy, five times Wimbledon Champion, hockey and golf international, the only woman to win both the British golf and tennis championships, captain of the first official English ladies golf team, Olympic Silver Medallist for archery, award-winning skater, and mountaineer.

He tells of the remarkable family into which she was born and of how her sister and brothers all champions at something or other helped and encouraged her to develop her sporting skills. He describes her meteoric rise to fame, her triumphs and disappointments, her travels, and the way in which she and the other top turn-of-the century woman athletes overcame the anti-female elements in the sporting establishment with the unanswerable arguments of their determination and superb skills.

It is a fascinating story that will be enjoyed by anyone with even the slightest interest in sport.

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