Sport

Fraser named nation's greatest female athlete of all time

Former Australian swimming great Dawn Fraser.
Former Australian swimming great Dawn Fraser. Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images

SWIMMING legend Dawn Fraser has edged out athletics great Betty Cuthbert and surfer Layne Beachley to be named Australia's greatest female athlete.

The honour was bestowed at a ball in Canberra where the top 100 female athletes of all time were unveiled.

The list was decided by a public vote, input from athletes and research by advocacy group Sports for Women.

Fraser won four gold and three silver Olympic medals between 1956 and 1964, the first of only three swimmers in Olympic history to win individual gold medals for the same event at three successive Games, winning the 100m freestyle each time.

She said she was "extremely proud" to have been named the No.1 athlete.

As well as her swimming exploits, Fraser is also remembered for her rebellious streak - she was arrested at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics for stealing an Olympic flag and defying orders not to march in the opening ceremony.

Margaret Court (tennis), Lauren Jackson (basketball), Heather McKay (squash), Rechelle Hawkes (hockey), Shirley Strickland (athletics), Anna Meares (cycling), Cathy Freeman (athletics), Karrie Webb (golf) and Liz Ellis (netball) made the top 12.
 

Topics:  award, dawn fraser, sport, swimming




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Elite title provides 20 year reward for hard work

Ipswich and District Rifle Club shooter Glenn Rush (right) receives his first Queen's Prize award from Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Ipswich shooter's winning tribute to fine family support

UPDATE: Workers rescue woman injured in dog attack

NEW CATEGORY: Menacing dog. Photo: Thinkstock

Two dogs have been seized by the council following a dog attack

Civic Centre hosts cabaret show

Civic to host Paris Underground Cabaret

Latest deals and offers

Vox Pop: Council's rate increase

Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Members of the public speak out on Ipswich City Council's rate increase.

Blair candidate visits meatworks

LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding meets workers at JBS on Wednesday.

LNP candidate for Blair visited the JBS meatworks in Dinmore on Wednesday.

Pisasale's Budget

Mayor Paul Pisasale making budget announcements at Fire Station 101.

Cr Pisasale has announced his 2016/17 budget as one that "gets things done" and...

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four