Australian Women Athletes

Throughout history, there have been many Australian women athletes who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Australian female athletes such as Cathy Freeman, Betty Cuthbert, Michelle Jenneke, Maddison Elliott, Nova Peris.

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Cathy Freeman
(Sprinter)

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Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Slade Point, Australia

Cathy Freeman is a former sprinter known for her achievements in the 400 meters events. Her personal best of 48.63, set at the 1996 Olympics, makes her the eighth-fastest woman of all time. She gave Australia an Olympic gold at the 2000 Olympics. Also a humanitarian, Freeman is credited with founding the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

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Michelle Jenneke
(Hurdler who won a silver medal for the 100 m hurdles at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics)

Michelle Jenneke
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Birthdate: June 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kenthurst, Australia

Michelle Jenneke is an Australian track and field athlete and model. She won a silver medal for Australia at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. She received international recognition in 2012 when her pre-race warm-up dance became famous on the internet. As a model, Michelle Jenneke was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2013.

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Sally Pearson
(Athletics competitor)

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Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Sally Pearson is an Australian former athlete. After winning a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Pearson went on to win Olympic gold in the same event in 2012. A two-time world champion, Sally Pearson also won two gold medals in Commonwealth Games. In 2011, she was named Female Athlete of the Year.

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Betty Cuthbert
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Birthdate: April 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: August 6, 2017
Australian sprinter Betty Cuthbert, also known as the Golden Girl, had won three Olympic gold medals, with three of them from the 1956 Olympic Games. She started training at 8 and later became known for her signature style of running with her mouth open. She later suffered from multiple sclerosis.

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Tia-Clair Toomey
(Weightlifter)

Tia-Clair Toomey
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Birthdate: July 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland, Australia

Tia-Clair Toomey is an Australian CrossFit Games athlete and weightlifter. As a weightlifter, she won a gold medal for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Toomey has also won five CrossFit Games Championship titles so far; she won these titles in five successive CrossFit Games starting from 2017.

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Nova Peris
(Former Australian Women's Field Hockey Athlete and Senator of Australia (2013 - 2016))

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Birthdate: February 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

Nova Peris is an Australian athlete and former politician. In 1996, she became the first Aboriginal Australian to earn a gold medal at the Olympics; she was part of the women's hockey team that won the gold medal. She switched sports to sprinting and participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals in the 200m and 4x100m relay events. 

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Nicola McDermott
(High jumper)

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Birthdate: December 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North Gosford, Australia
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Jana Pittman
(Athletics competitor and Bobsledder)

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Birthdate: November 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Kelsey-Lee Barber
(Javelin thrower)

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Birthdate: September 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East London, South Africa

Kelsey-Lee Barber is an Australian track and field athlete. She competes in the javelin throw and won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships. She won bronze in the final at the 2020 Summer Olympics. She has set a personal best of 67.70 meters. Her training partner is para-athlete Jayden Sawyer. She is married to coach Mike Barber. 

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Jessica Hull
(Middle-distance runner)

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Birthdate: October 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albion Park, Australia

A noted Australian distance runner and national record holder for the 1500m, Jessica Hull has been in the limelight since her time at the Oregon University, USA. In 2019, she turned pro and set a new personal best of 4:01.80 in the semi-final at the IAAF World Championships. She came  eleventh in the final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
 

Marjorie Jackson-Nelson
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Birthdate: September 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coffs Harbour, Australia

Marjorie Jackson-Nelson is a former Australian athlete. She won two Olympic and seven Commonwealth Games Gold Medals. She was appointed the Governor of South Australia in 2001 and held this position until 2007. She was married to Olympic cyclist Peter Nelson who died in 1977. She has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.  

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Shirley Strickland
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Birthdate: July 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guildford, Australia
Died: February 11, 2004

Shirley Strickland was an Australian athlete who won three Olympic gold medals in running sports. The daughter of an athlete, she developed an early love for running and also played hockey. As a young woman, she pursued a teaching career. She took up running seriously in the late 1940s and participated in several competitive events with great success. 

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Raelene Boyle
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: June 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coburg, Victoria, Australia

Raelene Boyle is an Australian former athlete who won silver medal in 200m in 1968 Olympics and silver medal in 100m and 200m in 1972 Olympics. In 1985, she was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Raelene Boyle was named in Australia's Top 100 Sportswomen of All Time list in 2013.

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Tatiana Grigorieva
(Pole vaulter)

Tatiana Grigorieva
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Birthdate: October 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Tatiana Grigorieva is a retired Australian pole vaulter. Born in Russia, she migrated to Australia in 1997 and took up pole vaulting, becoming one of the world's best within a year. In a career spanning a decade, she won Olympic, Commonwealth, and World Championship medals. She retired in 2007. She has also appeared in many TV programs and commercials.  

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Genevieve Gregson
(Steeplechase runner)

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Birthdate: August 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Benowa, Australia

Genevieve Gregson is an Australian athlete who specializes in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She started running when she was nine years old and earned an athletics scholarship at the University of Florida. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

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Jane Saville
(Race walker)

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Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Jane Saville is an Australian retired athlete best known for her bronze medal-winning performance in the women's 20 kilometers race walk event at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Saville has represented Australia at four Olympic Games. She also won three gold medals at 1998, 2002, and 2006 Commonwealth Games. She was the flag bearer for Australia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

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Noemie Fox
(Who has competed at the international level since 2013)

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Birthdate: March 19, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marseille, France

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Glynis Nunn
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: December 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toowoomba, Australia

Glynis Nunn is a former Australian heptathlete. She is famous for becoming the first Olympic champion in the event.  She qualified for the Commonwealth Games in 1978 but couldn’t participate due to an injury. She later participated in the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and the Olympic Games in 1984, winning gold medals at both the events.

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Debbie Flintoff-King
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Birthdate: April 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Debbie Flintoff-King is an Australian former athlete who won the 400m hurdles at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. She also won three gold medals and four silver medals at Commonwealth Games between 1982 and 1990. At the 1987 World Championships, Flintoff-King won the silver medal. She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Eleanor Patterson
(High jumper)

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Birthdate: May 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leongatha, Australia

Eleanor Patterson is an Australian track and field athlete. She competes in the high jump and has a personal best of 1.99 meters for the event. She was the gold medallist in women’s athletics at the 2013 World Youth Championships and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She took a break in 2018 and returned to athletics in 2020 with renewed vigor. 

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Jessica Gallagher
(Alpine skier, Athlete)

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Birthdate: March 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Geelong, Australia

Jessica Gallagher is an Australian Paralympic alpine skier and track and field athlete. She became the first Australian woman to win a medal at the Winter Paralympics in 2010. She began to lose her sight as a teenager and was diagnosed with Best’s disease, a rare condition that causes blindness. As she is legally blind, she competes with a guide. 

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Linden Hall
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: June 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sunbury, Victoria, Australia

Linden Hall is an Australian athlete who specializes in middle-distance running events. Hall represented Australia at the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics. In the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Linden Hall qualified for the final of the 1500 m race, finishing sixth with a personal best time. She has also represented Australia in other international competitions, including the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Dani Stevens
(Discus thrower)

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Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fairfield, Australia

Dani Stevens is an Australian track and field athlete who specializes in discus throw. She won the gold medal at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin, becoming the youngest female world champion in the discus throw event. The current Oceanian and national record holder, Dani Stevens has also won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Nina Kennedy
(Pole vaulter)

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Birthdate: April 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Nina Kennedy is an Australian athlete who won the bronze medal in the pole vault event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. She currently holds the Australian pole vault record of 4.82m, which she set on 13 March 2021 at the Sydney Track Classic.

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Jemima Montag
(Racewalker)

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Birthdate: February 15, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Melbourne, Australia
A celebrated Australian race-walker, Jemima Montag first came to limelight in 2014 when she won a gold medal at the U-20 Oceania Race Walking Championships and bronze at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup.  However, the most glorious moment in her career was when she won a gold medal in the 20 kilometers race walk at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Marlene Mathews
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Birthdate: July 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Marlene Mathews is an Australian retired track and field athlete who won bronze medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters events at the 1956 Summer Olympics. In the 1958 Commonwealth Games, she won two gold medals. Regarded as one of the greatest Australian sprinters, Marlene Mathews was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Pam Killborn
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: August 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Holder of 32 state titles in sprints, hurdles, long jump and pentathlon, Australian athlete Pam Killborn came to international limelight when she won both the 80m hurdles and the long jump at 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Ranked the world's top woman hurdler in 1963, 1965 and 1966, she also won bronze in Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and silver medal in Mexico City Olympics in 1968.

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Gael Martin
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: August 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Gael Martin is a former Australian athlete. She excelled in the shot put and the discus throw and also had a career in powerlifting. She received the bronze medal in women's shot put at the 1984 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Australian to win an Olympic medal in a throwing event. She was coached by Franz Stampfl. 

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Maureen Caird
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: September 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cumberland, New South Wales, Australia

Maureen Caird is an Australian former track athlete. She specialized in the sprint hurdles. As a teenager, she began training in athletics under coach  June Ferguson. She won the gold medal in the 80-meter hurdles at the 1968 Summer Olympics, becoming the youngest-ever individual Olympic athletics champion at the time, at 17 years.  She retired in 1972.  

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Daniela Costian
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Birthdate: April 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania

Daniela Costian made headlines when she became the first discus thrower from Australia to earn an Olympic medal, with her bronze in Barcelona in 1992. She has a World Championship silver and a Commonwealth Games gold in her kitty, too. A Romanian by birth, she took up an Australian citizenship later.

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Norma Croker
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: September 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Died: August 21, 2019

Australian sprinter Norma Croker gained fame after finishing fourth in the National Women’s Championships in 1956 and then won a gold at the Melbourne Olympics the same year. She was the first to win an Olympic gold from Queensland and was also named to the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.

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Judy Amoore
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: June 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Apart from an Olympic bronze, Australian runner Judy Amoore also has two Commonwealth medals, including a gold, in her kitty. She was made part of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. At age 36, she became the oldest woman from Australia to compete at the Olympics.

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Eileen Wearne
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: January 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: July 6, 2007

Eileen Wearne was an Australian sprinter who gold and bronze medals at the 1938 British Empire Games. Born in the early 20th century, she became only the second woman selected to represent Australia in athletics at the Olympic Games. She continued to be active in the Olympic movement in Australia even after her retirement from active sports. 

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Joyce King
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: September 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: June 10, 2001

Joyce King was an Australian sprinter who won the Australian national championships in the 100 yards and 220 yards events in 1948. The same year, she participated in the Summer Olympics in London and proceeded to win the silver medal in the 4 x 100 meters relay with her teammates June Maston, Shirley Strickland, and Elizabeth McKinnon. 

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Louise Currey
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: January 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia

With her silver medal in women’s javelin at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Louise Currey became the second person to win an athletics medal at the event that year. She is married to retired men’s javelin Olympian Andrew Currey. Initially a heptathlete, she gained expertise in javelin much later.

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Fleur Mellor
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: July 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Australia

Fleur Mellor is an Australian retired athlete. She participated in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne and won the gold medal in the 4 x 100 meters relay, with Norma Croker, Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, and Betty Cuthbert. The team set two world records: clocking 44.9 in the heats and 44.5 in the final.  

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Michele Brown
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: July 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Australia

Michele Brown is an Australian former high jumper. Brown was only the second female athlete after Iolanda Balaș to jump over six feet. She won the silver medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She also won gold medals at the 1958 and 1966 Commonwealth Games. In 2010, Brown was inducted into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame.

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Jenny Lamy
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: February 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wagga Wagga, Australia

Sprinter Jenny Lamy won three golds and a silver at the Commonwealth Games, along with a bronze at the Olympics. A three-time national champion, too, she was named to the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame. She was part of the club Northern Suburbs for most of her career.

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Marilyn Black
(Sprinter)

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Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia

Marilyn Black is an Australian retired track and field athlete. She achieved national recognition when she received the gold medal after winning the 100 yards race event at the New South Wales Championships when she was just 17 years old. Black went on to win the bronze medal in the 200 meters event at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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Norma Thrower
(Hurdler)

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Birthdate: February 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Norma Thrower is a retired Australian hurdler who won the bronze medal in the 80 meters hurdles at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. Two years later, she won the 80 meters hurdles at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. She also won several gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Australian championships in the 1950s. 

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Brenda Jones
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: November 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leongatha, Victoria, Australia

Australian middle-distance runner Brenda Jones displayed her interest in athletics and softball since school. A national champion, she lost to Lyudmila Shevtsova at the 1960 Olympics. Post-retirement, she coached Waverley WAAC and also demonstrated her expertise in lawn bowling. She was married to her coach Don Carr.

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Betty McKinnon
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Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: June 24, 1981

Betty McKinnon was an Australian sprinter. She is remembered for winning a silver medal in the 4 x 100 meters relay with teammates June Maston, Shirley Strickland, and Joyce King at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She also participated in the 100 meters and 200 meters races in the tournament. She competed in numerous national events as well. 

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June Maston
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: March 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Australia
Died: December 4, 2004

June Maston was an Australian sprinter and athlete turned coach. She began her career as an athlete and was placed fourth in the Australian national championships in the 100 yards. She won a silver medal in the 4 x 100 meters relay with teammates Joyce King, Shirley Strickland, and Elizabeth McKinnon at the 1948 London Olympics.