The First Female Olympic Champion was Deaf
Charlotte Cooper Sterry was a female tennis player from England who won five singles titles at the Wimbledon Championships and in 1900 became Olympic champion.
Charlotte Cooper was born on 22 September 1870 at Waldham Lodge, England. She married Alfred Sterry, a solicitor, who became president of the Lawn Tennis Association. They had two children.
Cooper Sterry, who had been Deaf since the age of 26, died on 10 October 1966 at the age of 96, in Helensburgh, Scotland.
She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.
Posted on 23 Nov 2016