DAWN FRASER / by Molly Schiot

Dawn Fraser is regarded as the finest female sprint swimmer of them all; winner of four gold and four silver Olympic medals, holder of 39 world records. Just six months before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Fraser was driving a car when it crashed. Her 60-year-old mother, Rose, who had been sleeping in the backseat, was killed. she went to Tokyo in 1964 and won her third consecutive gold medal for her late mother. Wearing her mother's wedding ring, she stood by the pool and sobbed. Then she started blasting on a bugle while poolside, marching at the wrong time, and trying to steal a flag from the Emperor's palace (a jailable offence). The Japanese authorities and Australian public forgave her (she was made Australian of the Year in 1964), but, in a very unpopular move, the Australia Swimming Union banned her from swimming for a decade. Fraser has since remarked that she was banned for wearing a comfortable but unofficial swimsuit (that she had stitched herself) in the Olympic opening parade and one of her heat races, because the official uniform swimsuit was ill-fitting. She now co-manages a cheese shop and pub with a woman with whom she has been in a long-term relationship.

Dawn Fraser is regarded as the finest female sprint swimmer of them all; winner of four gold and four silver Olympic medals, holder of 39 world records. Just six months before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Fraser was driving a car when it crashed. Her 60-year-old mother, Rose, who had been sleeping in the backseat, was killed. she went to Tokyo in 1964 and won her third consecutive gold medal for her late mother. Wearing her mother's wedding ring, she stood by the pool and sobbed. Then she started blasting on a bugle while poolside, marching at the wrong time, and trying to steal a flag from the Emperor's palace (a jailable offence). The Japanese authorities and Australian public forgave her (she was made Australian of the Year in 1964), but, in a very unpopular move, the Australia Swimming Union banned her from swimming for a decade. Fraser has since remarked that she was banned for wearing a comfortable but unofficial swimsuit (that she had stitched herself) in the Olympic opening parade and one of her heat races, because the official uniform swimsuit was ill-fitting. She now co-manages a cheese shop and pub with a woman with whom she has been in a long-term relationship.