Isabel Newstead (nee Barr), MBE

(B.1955 - D.2007)
Swimming, Athletics, Shooting
Inducted in 2008

In the early years of disability sport, it was common for the top disabled athletes to compete in several sports, and Isabel Newstead excelled in swimming, athletics and shooting. At the 1984 Paralympic Games, Newstead won nine medals across all three of her sports, a remarkable achievement for a spinally injured athlete in one of the most severely physically disabled competition classes. Preparing for training and competition was a major challenge for somebody with such severe mobility difficulties. Health problems forced her to drop swimming, but in 1988 she was selected to compete at the Paralympic Games in Seoul in athletics and shooting, where she won four medals for the British team. The Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004 was possibly her finest hour, with a gold medal in the women’s air pistol. She had already established herself in this event as the undisputed number one in her class by winning major international honours all over the world. Isabel was awarded an MBE in 2000 in recognition of her 14 Paralympic medals (7 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze).

Isabel Newstead (nee Barr), MBE