By the end of her illustrious career, Susie O’Neill had eight Olympic medals, 35 Australian Open Swimming Championship titles and had broken the 19-year-old 200m Butterfly world record of Mary Meagher. After being inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2002, she was elevated to ‘Legend of Australian Sport’ in 2012.
Dubbed ‘Madame Butterfly’, Susie O’Neill holds the record for the most amount Commonwealth Games gold medals, by any Australian in any sport. She is also the most decorated Commonwealth Games swimmer with fifteen medals (10 gold and 5 silver).
The 1990 Auckland Games saw O’Neill kick off her Commonwealth Games career with two medals - gold in the 4x100 Freestyle relay and silver in the 100m butterfly.
1994 Games held in Canada saw O’Neill take home three gold medals in the 200m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle and the 4x200m Freestyle relay. Two silver medals in the 100m Butterfly and 4x100 Freestyle relay backed up her podium standings.
1998 was Madame Butterfly’s biggest yet, walking away with six gold and two silver medals.
Over her career Susie broke the 200m butterfly Commonwealth Record six times.
Between 1990 and 2000, O’Neill never returned from an international competition, without a medal.