So, black athlete from poor family represents country at Olympics and:
Eventually it all became too much. Her former PE teacher had to finally stop training her because of his personal obligations, and the lack of training facilities, and having to support her family, meant that Neil made the hugely difficult decision to retire from professional athletics at just 23.
She retired in 1973. And here’s the thing:
….the amateur status of the sport began to be displaced by growing professionalism in the late 1970s…
It wasn’t, really, professional at the time she was doing it.
Yes, yes, shamateurism and all that – look, I lived in Bath in the 80s, I know about this and the rugby club – but the real problem here is not her blackness, poverty, wrong side of the tracks, it’s that she was that decade early in the economic process. All very sad no doubt but it’s not quite the story The G is telling.