Tribute to sporting pioneer

The University of Wolverhampton has paid tribute to Baroness Heyhoe Flint who died yesterday. (Wednesday 18 January 2017)

Rachael Heyhoe Flint captained England’s women’s cricket team between 1966 and 1978 and was a Vice- President at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University in 2002 for her contribution to sport and was granted the freedom of Wolverhampton in 2011.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Geoff Layer, said: "We were saddened to hear of Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint's death.

“She was a pioneer for women's cricket, making huge strides in getting greater recognition for the sport. She has also been an instrumental figure at Wolverhampton Wanderers over many years and was a great ambassador for the club.

“The University was proud to award her with an Honorary Fellowship in 2002 for the contribution she had made to sport. She flew the flag for Wolverhampton and the Black Country-She is someone who had the city running through her veins.

“She will be missed by many and we pass our condolences to her family and close friends."

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