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British Empire and Commonwealth Games gold medal

K G Luke, Melbourne1962

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This gold medal was awarded to Australian swimmer Linda McGill for the women's 4 x 110 yards medley relay at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia. Pam Sargeant swam the backstroke leg, Marguerite Ruygrok breaststroke, McGill butterfly, and team captain Dawn Fraser freestyle.

McGill also won silver in the 440 yards individual medley, and bronze in the 110 yards butterfly.

In a swimming career spanning 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).

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

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