Swimming legend and national treasure Dawn Fraser AC, MBE was officially presented with her Swimming Australia Life Membership on Sunday night at the Swimming Australia Awards, proudly presented by Hancock Prospecting.
After being inducted at the 110th Annual General Meeting in October, Swimming Australia President John Bertrand proudly handed over her award in front of more than 190 guests at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Life Membership of Swimming Australia is a prestigious level of recognition for swimmers, coaches, administrators, officials and volunteers, and as such, all Life Members have given extraordinary and outstanding service to Swimming Australia and its member organisations for more than a decade.
Regarded as one the finest female sprint swimmers in the world, Fraser won four gold and four silver Olympic medals across the course of her brilliant career which spanned more than a decade throughout the 50s and 60s.
Having held 39 world records – 27 of them individual – the lovable larrikin was the first swimmer to win the same event at three consecutive Olympic Games, claiming gold in the 100m freestyle in 1956, 1960 and 1964.
In 1964 she was fittingly named the Australian of the Year and in 1965, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In subsequent years, Fraser was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1998. As part of the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours she was elevated to a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) – the highest honour one can receive.
The now 82-year-old has also amassed worldwide accolades, with the International Olympic Committee naming her the World's Greatest Living Female Water Sports Champion in 1999.
Fraser continues to give back to the sport and is a regular presence at swimming events across the country. Imparting her wisdom and immense knowledge onto the next generation of swimmers, Fraser mentors and supports several athletes.
Congratulations to Dawn on her Life Membership!