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Dawn Fraser

Dawn Fraser


Dawn Fraser is an Australian freestyle champion swimmer and former politician born on 4 September 1937, In New South Wales.

Family Background:

she is the daughter of Kenneth George A. Fraser and Rose Christina Fraser. She was the youngest of the eight children born to her parents.

Personal Life:

In January 1965, Dawn Fraser married Gary Ware. Their marriage was short lived. She has one daughter from the marriage.


She loved swimming from a young age though it had been only in her mid-teens that she had started receiving professional training. When she had been 14, Sydney swimming coach, Harry Gallagher, saw her swimming at the local sea baths and recognized her potential. Gallagher had taken the teenager under his wings and had begun coaching her. Under his expert training, she gained the skills and confidence required to participate in competitive events. In 1956, She had entered her first Olympic Games in Melbourne as a 19-year-old and won a gold medal in the then 110 yards which are now 100 meters, freestyle. She had also won the gold in the 100 meters freestyle relay and silver in the 400 meters freestyle. It had been just the opening of a highly successful sporting career. She would not only continue the 100 meters freestyle record for 15 years from December 1956 to January 1972 but would also generate several new records over her career. At the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, She had won two gold medals. Continuing her band of dazzling shows, She had gone on to win four gold medals at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth. In 1964, She had once again won the gold medal in the 100 meters freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming one of only three swimmers to have won the same Olympic event three times. She had become a swimming coach and also attempted into politics. She had been named an independent Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.


Dawn Fraser

Unknown Facts:

  • She had slipped less than a minute for 100 m freestyle. She had been the first female swimmer who did it in October 1962.

Master Stroke:

  • Dawn Fraser is an Australian former freestyle champion swimmer who had won the same Olympic gold in the women’s 100 meters freestyle thrice.


  • A controversy exploded during this Olympic Games. Dawn Fraser had been accused of stealing an Olympic flag from a flagpole outside Emperor Hirohito’s palace. Due to this, the Australian Swimming Union stayed her for 10 years. The union left the ban after four years but her swimming career had been over by then.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1965, She had been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • In 1967, She had been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
  • In 1998, She had appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
  • In 1999, She had been named the World’s Greatest Living Female Water Sports Champion by the International Olympic Committee.
  • In 2000, She had been awarded the Australian Sports Medal for “Outstanding Contribution as a swimming competitor”.

What Can we learn from Her??

Like Dawn Fraser, Use Criticism to Make You Stronger. There is no particular time to become a success.

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