World Master Swimming Championships, Rio de Janeiro


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This World Masters Swimming Championship medal belonged to Australian swimmer Linda McGill, who participated in the third biennial swimming competition at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 1990. It was issued by the Brazilian Association of Masters Swimmers (ABMN). The World Masters competition is open to 'master swimmers' over the age of 25.

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  • Title: World Master Swimming Championships, Rio de Janeiro
  • Date: 1990
  • 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: 380 x 42 mm, 35 g
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection