This first place medal was awarded to Linda McGill at the 1961 Australian National Swimming Championships. The medal bears the Australian Coat of Arms, and is attached to a green and yellow ribbon and gilt brooch bar.
Title: Amateur Swimming Union of Australia - First Place
Significance: In a swimming career that spanned four decades, Linda McGill produced championship performances in the pool at local club, state, national and international meets, and pioneered women's open water long distance swimming. She represented Australia at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth winning gold, silver and bronze medals, and at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. McGill was the first person to swim across Port Phillip Bay (1968) and to swim around Hong Kong Island (1976). McGill also became the first Australian to swim the English Channel (1965), and to swim around Manhattan Island (1983). The Linda McGill collection of medals, photos, team uniforms and scrap books documents her remarkable swimming career.