Swimming Australia is mourning the loss of Olympian, Barbara Sargeant (née Evans), who passed away on June 23, aged 81.
Awarded swimmer pin number 85, Sargeant competed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games at just 16 years of age where she contested the Women’s 200m Breaststroke.
Two years later, she took part in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales going onto secure a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay to help Australia place second in the final medal tally. She also finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke final.
She went on to marry the late Graham Sargeant, who also had a swimming background, winning an Australian junior surf belt championship.
Swimming Australia CEO, Alex Baumann, paid tribute to the former Australian Olympian.
“I’d like to send my condolences on behalf of Swimming Australia to the Sargeant family during this difficult time,” Baumann said.
“Barbara was an incredible competitor with such visible talent at an early age.
“She did a lot for the swimming community, especially in her home state of New South Wales, where she competed for the Drummoyne Swimming Club.”
“Barbara has left a strong legacy behind that her family would be proud of, and she will be remembered for a long time to come.”
Barbara is survived by her daughter, former Hockeyroo Megan Oman (née Sargeant), and son Andrew.
Top Photo: Sargeant stands on the far left next to Dawn Fraser and other members of the team.