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British Empire and Commonwealth Games bronze medal

K G Luke, Melbourne1962

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

This bronze medal was awarded to Australian swimmer Linda McGill for the women's 110 yards butterfly at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia.

McGill also won gold in the 4 x 110 yards medley relay and silver in the 440 yards individual medley.

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  • Title: British Empire and Commonwealth Games bronze medal
  • Creator: K G Luke, Melbourne
  • Date: 1962
  • Type: Medal
  • 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.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: 460 x 60 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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