Wilbert Greaves is the Mayfield boy who went on to represent Great Britain in the 110m Hurdles at two Olympics, Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984. Wilbert, who was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, left Mayfield in 1973 and in 1975 represented the UK at the European Junior Championships in Athens. He reached the semi finals of the 400m hurdles but just failed to qualify for the final.
The photo shows Wilbert on the right coming fourth in the final of the 110m Hurdles at the European Championships in 1982 with a time of 13.67 seconds. He was just pipped to the Bronze Medal position by Arto Brygarre of Finland who clocked 13.60 seconds.
In a recent interview with This is Kent Wilbert, now a 55-year-old father-of-two and a sports development officer for Shepway District Council, said: ‘My sport has taken me all over the world, I’ve met so many people and seen so many cultures – I’ve loved every minute of it and I still do. Some people dream of being Olympic champion but I never had those dreams – I just liked running.’
In an email dated 8 June 2012, Wibert says: I am currently working on the torch relay due to pass through Folkestone on 18 July and then I am off to the trials in Birmingham 22-23 June. It is a very busy and exciting year and I am looking forward to being part of the sports presentation team at the the Olympic Stadium for Olympic and Paralympic competitions. It is nice to be recognised for my sporting exploits way after my school days. Thank you and good luck with the website.