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Former international sprinter from Harrow announces retirement after 50 years with NHS

Former international sprinter Rose Amankwaah is in the home straight after announcing her retirement after nearly 50 years with the NHS.

The theatre matron, who lives in Harrow, showed a clean pair of heels in her younger days representing Ghana and was once the dubbed ‘the second fastest woman in Africa’ picking up gold and silver medals in competitions like the Africa Games.

Rose also competed at the 1972 Munich Olympics, running the four by 100-metre relay. However, the event was overshadowed by a terrorist attack. Eight ‘Black September’ terrorists infiltrated the Olympic Village, killing two Israeli team members and taking nine hostages.

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Rose in her sprinting days. Image: LNWUH

Last year, Rose received the Silver Medal Award from England’s top nurse, Ruth May. Rose, accepted the award stating that she ‘does not know where the time has gone’. She works as a theatres matron at Central Middlesex Hospital and has been a nurse for four decades.

Rose was surprised about the presentation, as her colleagues invited her to a last-minute meeting without revealing its purpose.

Former international sprinter from Harrow announces retirement after 50 years with NHS Harrow Online
Rose Amankwaah has won lots of medals in her career. Image: LNWUH

Rose started working at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1975. She was allowed to skip weekend shifts so she could still compete in athletic meetings domestically. One of her former training partners was a young Linford Christie, who later became an Olympic gold medalist.

Over the years, Rose has meet some other famous people on her journey including former Prime Minister Tony Blair and the then Prince Charles.

Rose said, “I’ve always believed in going the extra mile and that has served me well during my career. My advice to anyone is to do what you want to do and give it 100%.”

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