Speakers Profile - Dawn Fraser OA

Australia 's Greatest Olympian

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Dawn Fraser's sporting accomplishments are never likely to be repeated - in swimming nor any other sport.

At the 1956 Melbourne Olympics she became an Australian national hero and a world swimming star, winning the 100-metre Freestyle gold medal in world record time, as well as taking gold in the 100-metres Freestyle relay and silver in the 400-metres Freestyle.

Dawn won two more gold medals at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, and the 100 metres Freestyle gold at the Rome Olympics in 1960.

By this time she has attained the status of a legend, in the first rank of Australian sporting heroes.

After winning four gold medals at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Dawn finished her international swimming career at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 silencing her critics by winning a gold medal in the 100-metres Freestyle at the age of 27.

In 1998 Dawn was included as one of Australia's National Living Treasures.

In November 1999, Dawn was awarded Athlete of the Century at the World Sport Awards and awarded Athlete of the Century by the Sporting Hall of Fame. In the same year she received an AO.

She remains one of Australia's best-loved identities.