Doris Carter

Doris Jessie Carter, OBE (5 January 1912 – 28 July 1999) was an Australian military officer, public servant, and athlete who specialised in the high jump. She was the first Australian female track and field athlete to make an Olympic Games final.

Doris Carter
Born(1912-01-05)5 January 1912
Died28 July 1999(1999-07-28) (aged 87)
Service/branchWomen's Auxiliary Australian Air Force
Women's Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service1941–1946
RankWing Officer
Commands heldWomen's Royal Australian Air Force (1951–60)
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsOfficer of the Order of the British Empire

Carter placed 6th in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and also competed in the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney. She won five National Championships at high jump (1933, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940) and two at discus throw (1936, 1940) in her career.

Following her competitive career, Carter became involved in the administration of women's athletics both at State and National levels. She was President of the Victorian Womens Amateur Athletic Association from 1945 to 1948. Carter also served twice as President of the Australian Women's Amateur Athletic Union, firstly in 1948 and again between 1952 and 1962.

In 1956 Carter was the Assistant Manager to the Australian Olympic Team during the Melbourne Olympic Games.

Carter was also prominent with the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force during the Second World War and, on the raising of the Women's Royal Australian Air Force in 1951, she was appointed the service's director. She retired from the post in 1960. Carter co-lead the Anzac Day Parade at Melbourne in the mid-1990s.

See also


Military offices
New office Director of the Women's Royal Australian Air Force
Succeeded by
Group Officer Lois Pitman
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