Lily Parr:
football star.
The men went off to the First World War
and she took her chance to score.

Martina Navratilova
won Wimbledon over and over.
It was hard to beat her on grass
until along came Steffi Graf.

Jessica Ennis
didn’t play tennis.
But competing in another seven
she took the London crowd to heaven.

Simone Biles:
small in size.
But her triple doubles and bodily contortions
make her a gymnast of epic proportions.



Lorraine Mariner is a librarian at the National Poetry Library, London, where she loves working with the children’s poetry collection. She has had children’s poems published in Dragons of the Prime, an anthology of dinosaur poems from The Emma Press (2019) and Midnight Feasts, an anthology of food poems edited by A. F. Harrold (Bloomsbury, 2019). She’s also had poems shortlisted and commended in the YorkMix Children’s Poetry Competition in 2019 and 2021.