Wendy Ey

Wendy Ey (1938–1997), born Wendy Hayes, was an Australian track and field athlete, administrator, academic, author and feminist.[1] She was an athletics sprint and hurdles champion from 1954 until 1960 and a Commonwealth Games silver medalist in Cardiff, Wales in 1958.[2] Ey also excelled at squash and hockey. Ey continued to be an active sport participant all her life and was a master’s world champion in athletics.[3]

Wendy Ey
Known forAthletics, education, advocacy, sports administration

Ey was a lecturer and researcher in Physical Education at the University of South Australia. She co-authored and published a range of papers on women in sport.[4] In 1987 she was appointed as Women’s Adviser to the South Australian Minister of Sport and Recreation. Her death from cancer in 1997 was tragic and untimely.

Wendy Ey Scholarship

Ey was committed to enhancing opportunities for women in sport and recreation. Her legacy has been continued through the establishment of scholarships by the Office for Recreation and Sport, to encourage and assist female coaches or officials (who are coaching/officiating at, or striving to coach/officiate at an elite level), to accept further professional development opportunities in their chosen sport.[5]

Wendy Ey Award

In recognition and honor of Ey's work Sports Medicine Australia has awarded the "Wendy Ey Award for Best Paper on Women in Sport" as part of its annual Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport since 1998.[6]


  1. "Wendy Ey Scholarships". Office for Recreation and Sport. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. "Cardiff 1958". Australian Commonwealth Games Org. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. "All time world rankings". Masters Athletics. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. Ey, Wendy (1996). Hormones and female athletic performance. Australian Sports Commission. p. 90. ISBN 0958647771.
  5. "Wendy Ey Scholarships". Office for Recreation and Sport. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  6. "Awards". Sports Medicine Australia. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
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