FRASER, Dawn

Born: 4/9/1937

Special Achievements:

Dawn Fraser was the first swimmer in the history of the Olympic Games to have won an Olympic event (100 metres freestyle) three times in succession (at Melbourne in 1956, in Rome in 1960 and in Tokyo in 1964).  As well, she won a gold and four other silver medals in Olympic events over that time period.  No other woman in Olympic history has achieved such success over such a time-span.

In 1962, at a trial for the Perth Empire and Commonwealth Games, she was the first woman to swim 110 yards (100 metres) in less than a minute. 

Additional Information:

Dawn Fraser was named Australian of the Year in 1964 and voted Australia's greatest female athlete in 1988.She was named Australian Female Athlete of the Century by the Sport Australian Hall of Fame as well as the World's Greatest Living Female Water Sports Champion by the International Olympic Committee in 1999. Also she is the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal on 14 July 2000 and The Order of the British Empire - Member (Civil) (MBE) on 1 January 1967 for services to sport.

Dawn Fraser was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on June 8, 1988. Her citation read, "For service to the community, particularly as a sports consultant and administrator, and through organisations for people with disabilities, and to the environment."

Dawn Fraser also had a short political career. She was elected as an independent MLA for the seat of Balmain, New South Wales, in 1988. The seat was abolished in a redistribution prior to the next election. She ran, unsuccessfully, for the new seat of Port Jackson in 1991.